I love operating machines. Sewing machines, typewriters, cars. It goes way back to my grandma teaching me to sew on her treadle machine, learning to type in high school, loving to drive my VW bug. These pieces are like driving with a sewing machine down the winding roads of my mind and emotions. Sometimes the road is smooth, sometimes rough. Sometimes there’s a dead end and a sense of frustration. It’s process sewing. I have no preconceived notion of how it will go, and it’s a delight to witness its unfolding. It’s a window into what makes me tick. I started sewing again recently, but this time on paper with a darning attachment which allows me to freely move the paper in any direction, adjusting the speed and stitch length as my emotion dictates and adding detritus along the way. It is like driving through the landscape of my soul. I enjoy the sound, the speed, the tinkering with the components, the craft of it.
I was born and raised in Oakland, California and attended UC Berekeley where I graduated with a degree in Art and Political Science and received the Dean’s Award for Painting. This was during the years of Vietnam anti-war protests, the Women’s Movement, and the emergence of the Black Panthers and SLA. In response to spending my last year of college designing and printing anti-war posters, I moved to New York to learn more about what graffiti artists and other socially motivated artists were doing. I led art workshops with women inmates at Riker’s Island Prison and at the end of three months their art was shown at St. John the Divine.
When I returned to San Francisco, I studied graphic design which I pursued for 35+ years (and continue to do so), enjoying working for clients and helping them bring their vision to life. Learn more about The Meuse Design at www.themeuse.com
Also during this time my artistic pursuits turned to watercolor paintings of landscapes which evolved into pastel painting and nature journaling which I teach and deeply love. Learn more about On the Trail Nature Journaling at www.naturemeuse.com
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