I use found botanical material such as leaves, seedpods and feathers to explore human connection to the natural world. By combining these organic objects with traditional craft techniques, I bind nature and the human touch. Cultivating a consciousness about respecting nature and our natural resources has become incredibly important to me in my life and in my art.

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There is so much to be said for the beauty of simplicity. When I make art, I strive to let the materials speak for themselves; sing their own praise. The natural objects I use catch my eye or my heart because they are already exquisite and unique. In transforming these objects, I’m always trying to augment and interact with the details I find most essential, never overpowering them. I’m just using what I know and applying it to the materials that make the most sense to me. It’s not complicated; just a needle and thread, or a knife and cutting mat, whatever is at hand, really. The bruised leaf series is totally new, and I love the ephemeral quality of working with fresh ginkgo leaves, it’s something I can only do once a year, when the leaves are just right.

I’m just using a blunt tipped tool to gently bruise the leaf in certain areas, almost like leather tooling, but on a leaf. The simplicity and immediacy of working this way is so appealing to me; I don’t need much to make something happen.

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