|I have been doing needle work in one form or another all my life. My grandmother and older sister taught me to embroider, and my mother taught me to machine sew. Along the way I’ve cross- stitched, needlepointed, crocheted, knitted, woven, spun, hooked, and appliqued everything and anything. I discovered quilting about 2006, when I needed to fill up some wall space with some sound-absorbing material, and my first quilt, the ‘Mountain Quilt’, was born. With a lot of encouragement from Marti Cummins and the gang at Marti’s Patchwork Cottage, and some classes at John C. Campbell Folk School, I’ve been working on developing my own techniques and my own style, and have had a marvelous adventure in fabric along the way.
Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, I’ve lived in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, and San Francisco, California. I have a masters degree in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill and also spent many years as an estate gardener, and later as a field biologist and land manager. In 2000, along with husband/luthier Tom Fellenbaum we opened Acoustic Corner, a musical instrument shop in Black Mountain, NC. We sold the business in 2016 and though I no longer repair violins, I still play old-time banjo.
In January of 2017 I got my dream job, as an assistant grower and maven of all things native, at Painters Greenhouse, in Old Fort NC. Just a couple of miles from my house, Painters is a family business in all senses of the word . . . . the Owen family owns and runs it, and has created an amazing loving and wholesome place to work, not to mention the wonderful plants we grow and sell. The work is hard and dirty, and I love it. I am still an avid gardener, of course, and I’m also learning how to keep bees, grow apples, and make hard cider on our little homestead, which I share with husband Tom and Ben, our Puggle.
When I’m not working at the Greenhouse, or working in our garden, or working (playing) in my studio, I am often drawing. I draw for fun and relaxation, but I draw some pretty weird stuff. I like to draw chimeras, especially working from photos of pets and people. It’s a new thing for me, let me know what you think.