A needle is my tool, thread is my medium and stiches are my mark. I have had a life-long fascination with little things and needlework. At the Rhode Island School of Design, I rediscovered my childhood delight in sewing and creating miniature scenes. Manipulating materials in my hands with a needle and thread was so much more satisfying than rendering with a pencil or brush. I found that I could communicate my ideas more clearly and that my hands would direct me in a compelling way. Finding no descriptive term for what I was making, I named my technique Fabric Relief over 35 years ago.
I describe myself as a 21st century needlewoman who is constantly discovering new ways to sew different materials together. I create narrative scenes in relief, much like miniature, shallow stage sets, with figures imposed on embellished fabric backgrounds. My work is decorative and detailed, full of patterns from nature and found objects, all stitched by hand with a needle and thread. The original fabric relief sculptures are photographed and used to illustrate children’s books, including the award-winning Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Original illustrations from Pocketful of Posies have been touring the country since the book’s publication in 2010. The follow-up edition of my how-to book, Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures has recently been published. I work in my home studio on Cape Cod, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Rabbitat is a short documentary video about my work:
Book trailer for Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 152, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Posters, cards and autographed books are available at my Etsy shop.
To find out about upcoming exhibits, talks and book signings, visit my Events Page.
To see a list of all of my books, go to My Books.
Read my acceptance speech for the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Read an interview with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Please note: Wee Folk Studio has discontinued the Blossom Fairy Kits.
My Self Portrait: A Personal History of Fashion (pictured below) is on semi permanent display at the Woods Hole Public Library.