I have always had an eye for design and a passion for color, which I proudly attribute to my mother. As a child I spent countless hours at her interior design shop in Danville, IL. To pass time I was handed discontinued wallpaper books, scissors, glue, markers and shipping boxes. I had access to fabrics swatches, design books and magazines… you name it.
At home my mother was always sewing (she was a seamstress as well) and making holiday wreaths and ornaments, pillows, curtains and wall hangings. I often joined in and delighted in the creativity, being taught the basics of painting, sewing and crafting.
As a teen, I had the added pleasure of watching my mother’s art career take off after we moved to Orlando, Fl. She painted acrylic abstracts and dabbled in ceramics, taught art classes, and became a founding member of McRae Street Studios, an artist collective. In turn, I was enrolled in art classes, spent more countless hours at the artist studios, attending numerous gallery openings and taking odd jobs creating art including weaving and painting baskets.
Beginning in the early 1990s, I began a career in the fabric arts as a doll fabricator for a high-end doll maker. Choosing fabrics, making ceramic beads and molded faces, painting the doll faces, raffea pin fabrication and beading were amoung my job duties.
In 1998 I began a two year run of making quilts, fabric dolls, wall hangings, pillows, ornaments, scrapbooking… I couldn’t get enough. So in 2000 I decided I needed an online store for my creations and created my first website, ScrappyStudios.com. I fell in LOVE with web and graphic design. My newly developed passion quickly grew into a successful business.
After 12 years and a move to Nashville, TN, I have decided to once again focus on art and close the digital design portion of Scrappy Studios. I look forward to a new creative journey which you can follow at http://www.scrappystudios.com.