For forty years my professional life was anchored in Baltimore. An initial stint as an art teacher at two schools led to a variety of administrative roles including Middle School Director, Admission Director, Lower School Principal, and Associate Head of School. As fulfilling as I found my work in education, I welcomed the chance to begin a new chapter and to devote myself once again to the arts. With our three children launched, my husband and I moved to the tiny lobstering village of New Harbor in midcoast Maine.
In this stage, I am focusing on art made with fabric -- colors and patterns that brighten and enliven the spaces we share with our families and friends.
I am drawn to fabrics that are playful, beautiful, and saturated with color. Each piece I create is thoughtfully designed and meticulously constructed. In uncertain times, we may regain our balance by focusing on our basic needs: a well-cooked meal, a spin around the kitchen table with the music turned up, or a quiet conversation cushioned with a cozy pillow.
My hope is to brighten our lives with color and pattern and to help us discover the beauty and joy within our daily routines.
I drew inspiration for the name of this site from the bowerbird, a fascinating creature found in Australia and New Guinea, whose mating habits include the creation of a home constructed from twigs and grasses and decorated with colorful bits and bobs - found objects artfully arranged, often by hue, in an effort to garner the attention of a mate. It turns out that we humans are not the only species who curate our living spaces with colors and shapes in an effort to bring joy and love into our lives.
Bowerbird Studio Gives Back
In April we sewed and donated one hundred masks to the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston, Maine, where they were distributed to recent immigrants and asylum seekers. An additional seventy five masks were donated to the Lewiston Public Schools.