Of course, I started with mud pies, didn’t everyone? I loved mud pies, the feel of it, and the endless supply. Okay my mum probably wasn’t as thrilled with this obsession as I was but we all start somewhere.
Many believe our origins are that of that of hunter-gatherers and yet I’ve never really felt like much of a hunter. I’m definitely a gatherer but that just doesn’t roll off the tongue easily all by itself. Crafter-gatherer is an apt description of what keeps my spark alive and better describes my lifestyle.
I’m also a dabbler-explorer, I love trying new things, and whether I actually stick to them is quite immaterial. The exploration is the exciting bit! So after mud pies, I was knitting at nine, loved paper dolls (still do) then pottery, sewed my first dress at 13 and the list goes on from there. I’ve never stopped exploring and don’t ever intend to. This is such a complex and magical world we’ve inherited; it would be such a pity to not fully explore it.
I’ve lived most of my life on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is a world rich in history and biodiversity and the natural landscape is world renown. I like so many who visit here, chose to stay. It is the perfect home and backdrop for a creative spirit.
Working with my hands is so satisfying and it keeps my imagination firing. Albert Einstein once said, Imagination encircles the world. Now that’s a powerful thought. I love believing the world is full of possibilities and Albert epitomizes that thinking. It‘s surprising what a little imagination and a lot of curiosity can accomplish, it really is the perfect combination. Especially when you stop to realize, we all have those two essential ingredients.
So as a crafter-gatherer, dabbler-explorer, imagine my delight when I found Zentangle. A whole new world opened up before me. I work with quilting, collage, mixed media and journaling and Zentangle transfers well into all of these art forms, adding rich dimensions and textures. Tangle patterns are like colours; there is an endless supply and a myriad of ways to put them together. The other exciting part is you can do it on almost any surface. I won’t create a list for you here; you’ll have to do that on your own or keep exploring my site to find it on another page. If you’d like to know more about me as a crafter-gatherer-dabbler-explorer, just drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!