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Scale

I often say that I am drawn to larger designs that can be appreciated from the back pew, because there is always someone in the back pew. I don’t care for small motifs that can’t be fully appreciated until you get up close. In creating this Lenten frontal, I scaled up a crown of thorns […]

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Previous Work

Designs that are simple, elegant and adaptable to any liturgical color are an ideal addition to my product line. To find my most recent such design I was revisiting custom projects created for past commissions. I found one that caught my eye because of it’s bold lines that swoop and intersect to create shapes that […]

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Origami Crane Mobiles

As chair of my church’s Arts Committee we taught everyone in my church to fold origami cranes to create a mobile for a special liturgical season of peace and justice. The finished piece was circular and hung down 11 feet in the front of our church. A friend of mine suggested the strings of cranes […]

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Magazine Ads

I regularly clip magazine ads that capture my eye, and I was particularly interested in a few that featured a perfect grid of circles in different colors that create a larger image. I tried to adapt that idea to fabric but realized that it would be too difficult and time-consuming to create at a sewing […]

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Labyrinths

The labyrinth is an ancient design which is very meaningful to many people. Interpreting that as a vestment is a challenge, especially adapting a circular shape to a non-circular vestment. For the chasuble, I focused on the center of the classic Chartres labyrinth and made that an emblem on the chest, and adapted it for […]

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Japanese Design

There is a Japanese design concept called Notan, which emphasizes the juxtaposition of positive and negative space. Generally these designs are rendered in clear black and white. I thought this concept would work well incorporating my love for strong color and a variety of fabrics. The results are bold and eye-catching, and work across all […]

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Iconography

True iconography is a unique artform with a rich, centuries-long tradition. It is also well beyond the scope of my artistic abilities. However, the visual style is rich with inspiration that has led me to create banners that harken to that style with detailed faces, appropriate symbols and beautiful fabrics in rich colors. There are […]

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Happy Accidents

Our popular River of Life chasuble has three “rivers” of fabric down the center. One of my stitchers made a mistake in placing the rivers and they ended up veering to the side of the neckline. After the initial concern, we decided it was a compelling variation on the theme, and our next try at […]

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Geography

I was commissioned to create a piece for an environmental foundation office in St. Louis. I chose the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers as an inspiration and—at the client’s request—created it in hand-dyed hemp fabric. The contours of the rivers are fractured to suggest the fragility of our environment, but also because the […]

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Ecumenism

I believe strongly in religious and spiritual diversity, and I aspire to create designs that celebrate that ecumenism. This is our Solidarity stole, which combines symbols of six major world religions with a rainbow color palette. I was careful to render each symbol in a color that is important to that religion. And importantly, this […]

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