I have always loved creating with fiber; my Barbie dolls never went on dates with Ken unless they had first visited the local couture shop conveniently located on the other side of my room. Half my lifetime ago, I found quilting, and it became an instant passion and guiding force in my life. Quilting is a perfect fit for me, and now that I’ve designed my Wild Onion Jacket patterns, I can quilt and sew clothes.
With shelves stacked with store-bought fabric, I have recently turned my attention to creating my own fabrics. I dye, discharge, and distress greige goods; in addition, I explore creating the actual fabric using my longarm quilting machine, fibers of all sorts, and dissolvable film. Recently, I have begun using these new fabrics to create my wearable art. I’d rather be in my studio than anywhere else, except a fabric shop. Or a shoe store.
I live in a small mountain town in California, surrounded by oak trees and horses. My husband and 2 young sons all compete with my fabric for my attention. Sometimes, they win.
One last thing: Wild Onion is not just some crazy name I made up! I am a native Chicagoan, and I wanted to honor my hometown. “Wild Onion” is the translation of Chicago.