Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that weβ€”I mean all human beingsβ€”are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art
— Virginia Woolf


The Story

"I like to think of my textile work as a collaboration with the natural world. I am an aficionado of shadows and tree bark and fallen leaves. In my opinion, paint splatters on the sidewalk can be as beautiful as a Jackson Pollock, crop fields from the window of an airplane as lovely as a Mondrian."

β€”EJB


 


 

"When I first saw my photographs printed on linen, I felt like I was on to something. I started with a bunch of swatches, all different patterns and colors, each of them with its own story. They were bits and pieces of the places I had lived, the countries I had visited, the landscapes I loved. I ordered some larger pieces of fabric and began to sew, watching these moments and places take on an entirely new form.   

I loved the idea that this work was not just mine, but a collaboration with the world around me, with natural forces like erosion and decay, emergence and self-similarity. The inherent properties of the universe invented these patterns. I just got good at noticing them. I also liked that, at a glance, the patterns can seem entirely abstract, but there’s this familiar, organic quality to them that makes you look closer and only then begin to recognize the subject matter."