I am a Fiber Artist, Jeweler & Instructor. I have been living, creating and teaching in the Harlem community for over 30 years. I express my creativity by making woven and non-woven fabrics that later become scarves, hats and jackets. I enjoy sharing the process of how fabric is made. Many people have no idea of how the garments they wear everyday are made. The woven fabrics I create are made using my 2 harness Japanese portable loom. During the summer months I frequently take my loom and assorted colors of yarn to Central Park and create my Harlem inspired woven fabric.
The non-woven fabric I create is called “Felt”. Felt is one of the oldest known textiles. Felt is the matting or entangling of wool fibers from sheep. The fibers become “Felt” with the application of moisture, friction and heat. The process is simple yet magical. The result is a fabric that is warm and waterproof. I add a twist to the Felting process by adding colored silk fabrics, yarns and threads.
I enjoy teaching and demonstrating the art of creating fabric that can be wearable and functional. Great pride is taken when you wear something and say, “I made it”.
I would like to demonstrate the process of making woven and non-woven fabric. I will demo how woven fabric is created using a harness loom. I will also demo how to make small handmade looms.
The demonstration of the non-woven fabric “Felt” will consist of me showing a variety of different colors and types of sheep wool with periodic felting demonstrations.