Originally from New York, I lived in the Boston area for many years, and spent most of my adult life in California. I now live in beautiful mid-coast Maine with my husband Steve, who is a sculptor, and our 4 cats. I've been sewing since I was 13, and many of my various careers have been related to textiles, clothing or fashion.
Growing up in a family of collectors, I spent a fair amount of time poking around in antique shops and lived in a household that revered the past, aesthetically. Surrounded by old advertising art and antique wooden chests, clocks that tick-tocked, windup toys and mechanical penny banks, the patina of age came to be normal and desirable to my eye. My inspiration has always come from old things.
I have a BFA in Printmaking from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, then studied patternmaking and fashion design in Boston and San Francisco. A floral designer for 17 years, I've worked, in addition, as a graphic artist and a patternmaker in the apparel industry. I've also had my own millinery studio, and a delightful, rewarding 10 year career as a teddy bear artist. The dolls I made have the honor of being listed in the 2013 , 2014, 2015 and 2016 and 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. I am currently working on my own dolls, my jewelry line, (currently only available in the retail shop) and then the rest of my time on the Grove Street Doll Shop.