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About April

My work synthesizes the processes of weaving and embroidery to investigate the pattern relationships present in weave structures. The weaving draft is a polyrhythmic score, played on the loom by the weaver--a physical manifestation of a complex mathematical process. By responding to the naturally gridded architecture of woven cloth with embroidered mark making, I am writing a code with which I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of generative weave patterns. Once I have... more

2017 / Penland Winter Residency

Work made while at Penland School of Crafts for their Winter Intensive Residency. I've spent the month of January here weaving, embroidering, and writing.

  • detail, Edification

    Embroidery into hand-woven cotton groundcloth 24 x 30" 2017
  • Edification

    Embroidery into hand-woven cotton groundcloth 24 x 30" 2017
  • Edification

    Embroidery into hand-woven cotton groundcloth 24 x 30" 2017
  • Work in progress at the loom

    Process photo. My current body of work is produced by embroidering into woven cloth as it is fabricated on the loom. Working from a drawing, the embroidered work functions more as a translation of the original drawing than as an exact replica. This allows me to work structurally while incorporating an element of improvisation into the work.
  • I Will Draw You a Road Map

    Embroidery into hand-woven cotton groundcloth 24 x 30" 2017
  • detail, I Will Draw You a Road Map

    Embroidery into hand-woven cotton groundcloth 24 x 30" 2017

2016

In June, I spent two weeks working as the fiber studio tech at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Located on a remote island off the coast of Maine, this residency was filled with artists who were at the forefront of the Craft movement. My job was to facilitate, manage, and educate within the fiber studio, but I was also left with time to pursue my own work and research. I began to reflect on the textiles from which I draw most of my influence, and realized that in all of these traditions the common thread is the hand-woven ground-cloth onto which dazzling geometric embroidered imagery is laid. I began to experiment with weaving my own ground-cloth, and in that move the entire direction of my work changed. I have begun to use embroidery as a tool in conjunction with weaving to gain a deeper understanding of patterns in weaving structures. Reincorporating weaving into my practice has felt incredibly natural and fulfilling, and it is invigorating to be making new moves in my studio after feeling like I had settled into a particular aesthetic.

  • Man in the Mirror

    Embroidery on hand-woven groundcloth 14 x 21" 2016
  • Man in the Mirror

    detail shot embroidery on hand-woven cotton 14 x 21" 2016
  • Twill Test

    Embroidery on hand-woven cotton 7 x 7" 2016
  • Twill Test

    detail shot embroidery on hand-woven cotton 7 x 7" 2016
  • Broken Twill Phase One

    This work was woven while I was a visiting artist in residence at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Using their TC2 Jacquard loom, I was able to experiment with pattern and color, incorporating more complex imagery than I am able to on my floor loom at home. Jacquard woven cotton 22 x 34" 2016
  • Process shot, Broken Twill Phase One

    Process photo of the weaving process on a TC2 Jacquard loom.
  • Broken Twill Phase Two

    This work was woven while I was a visiting artist in residence at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Using their TC2 Jacquard loom, I was able to experiment with pattern and color, incorporating more complex imagery than I am able to on my floor loom at home. Jacquard woven cotton 22 x 34" 2016
  • Detail, Broken Twill Phase Two

    detail image This work was woven while I was a visiting artist in residence at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Using their TC2 Jacquard loom, I was able to experiment with pattern and color, incorporating more complex imagery than I am able to on my floor loom at home. Jacquard woven cotton 22 x 34" 2016

2015

Textile paintings using hand and machine embroidered interruptions on digitally printed drawings.

  • 5/4

    Hand and machine embroidery on digitally printed drawing 17" x 17" 2015
  • Passenger

    Hand and machine embroidery on digitally printed drawing 17" x 17" 2015
  • What More Can We Do

    Hand embroidery on digitally printed drawing 8" x 8" 2015
  • False Rectangle IV

    Hand embroidery on digitally printed drawing 10" x 20" 2015
  • False Cube

    Hand embroidery on digitally printed drawing 12" x 12" 2015
  • Maintain

    Hand embroidery on digitally printed drawing 13" x 13" 2015
  • Shift and Baby Cube

    Hand embroidery on digitally printed drawing 5" x 5" and 20" x 26" 2015
  • Breathing Square

    Hand and machine embroidery on digitally printed drawing 17" x 17" 2015
  • Learning To Lighten Up

    Hand and machine embroidery on digitally printed drawing 17" x 17" 2015
  • Of Inverse

    Machine embroidery on digitally printed drawing 17" x 17" 2015

Breathing Square

Breathing Square was a site-specific installation created at the Ocean Terrace Hotel as part of Tiger Strikes Asteroid's Artist-Run Fair during Miami Arts Week 2015. Platform Gallery invited me to work with them and transform a room in this abandoned hotel. In addition to installing a full show of my textile work, I created site-specific murals that responded to the architectural anomalies within the room.

2014

Experiments with digital print, needlepoint, and weaving.

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