Growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I developed an early love for forests, streams and birds. Learning sewing, embroidery, knitting and basketry from my mother and grandmother, I also loved painting alongside my grandmother in her studio.Tailor Shop, Nebraska - 1995-2003
- Master Tailor
A 2-year apprenticeship with Valdene Mintzmyer gave me to tailoring skills to help 3,500+ clients meet their fit and design needs. Running a shop in Lincoln's Haymarket taught me so much.University of Nebraska and Kansas State University - 2001-2006
- Graduate School
Master's work in quilt studies and dye chemistry prepared me to study historical artifacts and identify and use both natural and synthetic dyes. My doctoral work focused on product development for organic textiles.Texas State University of Nebraska - 2006-Present
- Professor of Textiles
I use textiles to teach science to people who think they don't like it. My research focuses on the wool supply chain, working with farmers and designers to increase the supply of beautiful, locally produced wool. I use dyes and pigments to dye yarns and fibers for knitting and felting projects with my students.