Wall Fall, 111"wide x 12' long
Can you briefly describe your background....how did you come to be a maker and have you always worked with stitching?
Throughout my life, I have been an observer of people, surroundings and nature. My first grade teacher told me that I was an artist and I believed her. In high school, my art teacher taught me to weave and helped me take classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art. When I was 20, I studied 19th century American weaving at a little private school in VT. Life changes ensued and I had to earn a living over making art. In Jan. 2009, I quit my job as the assistant art curator at a major local hospital. I told myself that I didn’t want to do anything that didn’t make me happy. I started to draw small marks in my sketchbook using a red marker. These drawings were pleasing and meditative. Soon these marks started to create a formal language for me. I realized that I could daydream about places(both real and imagined) & allow the marks to evoke my movement through those places. Those drawings wanted to jump off the page to become stitched marks on fabric. Thus, my hand-stitching practice began.
Mind Map, 40" x 41", hand stitched silk/wool thread on linen
I just fell in love with Christine's work the first time I saw it online a couple of years ago. Who knows how we come across someone's work....that's the beauty of the web. I'm glad I found her, though, and I'm so happy to learn more about her background and process. You can find Christine on Facebook and she also has a wonderful blog here.