Freelance Dancer -- Senior Associate, Manager of Student Life, Freelance -- The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU
My road in life took a while to figure out.
I saw college as a time to explore. Eventually, I created a major exploring humanity. Gender Studies.
Divorced and working as a secretary, I decided a Reference Librarian made a better, happier living.
Then the economy crashed, and I couldn't get a job. I lived on credit, and took a quilting class.
Then I went bankrupt, got really sick, found work in a real library, and stayed sick for years.
Eventually, I lost my job and asked: "What have I always wanted to do that I can do from my bed?"
So I sat in my bed, thought about and started piecing together a story quilt.
Then I made a couple more. And people wanted to buy them. A friend asked to sell them in her store.
I create healing stories out of fabric, and then I quilt them and write the story.
My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Day to Day
Every day I wake up, and I don't know if I'll be able to create or write that day. Many days I am busy managing my illness. On good days, I grab an idea-- a theme-- and I sit down with my fabrics and spend a couple of hours cutting out shapes for that theme. Then I start placing them on the "page," and filling in the empty spots. This process of filling the page might take two hours, it might take ten hours. I usually do it all in one go. Another day, I'll sit down and sew it all in place.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for professionals
Take a weekend workshop on a topic you find interesting, but never let yourself pursue before because it wasn't "really work." A friend paid for me to join her at a quilting workshop in 2007. I learned that you don't have to get the corners perfect to tell a story with fabric. And I learned to use a theme in pulling fabrics together for a piece. And it was okay that mine didn't look anything like what the "real quilters" were making. It was my first story quilt.