I grew up with ‘The Three Families’. My Mom is the middle sister of three sisters and these three women have never ever been apart. My Mom’s parents and my great aunt and uncle also lived near us, or at times, with us. My Father’s side of the family, ‘The Cousins’ Club’, got together at least once a month. My first cousins are like brothers and sisters to me and I never realized that other families are not like this.
At a very young age I started dancing and performing, mostly gravitating to the more physical performance arts. I joke that I’ve done everything that everyone makes fun of. I’ve been a mime, a clown, and a puppeteer. My theatre training has taken me to off-off Broadway, Improv, and Dance of all kinds.
As Cornell University’s first Independent Major, I developed creative curricula using Arts and Drama techniques to find ways to break through to problem learners primarily in elementary schools. I also assisted educators in refreshing their own teaching techniques in ‘Learning to Keep a Long-Running Performance Fresh.’
I was making Art Dolls and rainbow dyeing sheep fleece for hair. One day I stopped at a garage sale, and there was an entire fleece for sale! A gorgeous Border Leicester fleece that I immediately purchased. Once I realized that I’d have to make about a million dolls to use up that fleece, I figured that perhaps I could learn to spin it instead. I permed my red hair to look like the fabulous corkscrew curls of that fleece, joined the Black Sheep Handspinners Guild and started to spin. Once I had a bunch of yarn, I began to knit sweaters…
And so, for the past twenty five years, I have been making sweaters. “The perfect shapes for your perfect shape.” I feel that everyone really is beautiful and should have beautiful things to wear that make them feel that they don’t have to worry about how they look. I like the idea that being dressed in a way that makes you feel comfortable and good about yourself allows you be your best ‘you.’