I am a retired 64 – year – young middle school teacher (mostly math and earth science), with 35 years of life’s lessons in the classroom which have shaped who I am today. While I impacted many young lives in my career as an educator, I allowed myself to be open to learning so much more from these children. Teaching them changed my perspective…made me a better, more compassionate, accepting, understanding person…as any life experiences will do as long as we are open to learning from them.
I live with my sweet crazy sheltie, Katie. I knit, crochet, spin yarn, and sew garments and my custom designed line of project bags. In the past year, I have spent more time sewing for the Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent, Ohio. To be able contribute my time and abilities to an organization committed to providing healthy produce options to food insecure families, while also promoting compassion and social justice, is an honor.
I have two adult children, a son and a daughter, and through them “inherited” their kind, loving, compassionate, generous significant others.
I have always enjoyed dabbling with cooking all kinds of ethnic cuisines, mostly from scratch…Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean, and Hispanic, to name a few. I also make my own yogurt, ferment dill pickles and flavored krauts, and often brew my own cherry/ginger kombucha.
In February of 2014, I began to dabble with painting. I have somewhat explored acrylics and watercolors, and I want my journey to take me into the world of oil painting.
About a year later, I discovered a free style of Japanese weaving, called SAORI. Exploring this wonderful fiber art piqued my interest into the exploration of more techniques. I plan to delve into sakiori weaving (cloth strips), shibori dyeing of cloth, sashiko stitching, woven shibori, and a combination of some of these techniques to produce fibers I can use to create garments.
In my retirement, I am looking forward eagerly to pursuing my desire to continue to learn and to express myself creatively through fine art and fiber art as I move forward into a new adventure.
I can’t wait to discover what’s there!