"I believe the detours and the off-ramps are a crucial part of how any artist develops their world view. When I moved to Canada, my design discipline shifted its focus from the production of information design toward community design and urban planning. Having taken the long route, I now spend a great deal of effort reassessing the social purpose of design, particularly in regard to creating healthy spaces to live, work and play. It's not as straightforward as designing a solution to a problem. For me, it's more about raising questions and generating discussion about the kinds of spaces we want to live in.Read More
My goal is not to get people to connect with me, but to truly connect with themselves, to ask themselves questions about who they really are as people. When we do that, we realize we have similarities with those around us, shared struggles. I believe that true change - both personal and social change - comes from that still, quiet place within each of us where we face the fables and mythologies we create in our own lives and, in turn, question our preconceived notions about others.Read More
I am an artist by accident. I have a degree in mathematics from the University of Idaho. Back in the early ‘90s, I left a successful career in the computer industry to, I hoped, become a rich and renowned author of historical novels. Over the course of the next 12 years, I struggled mightily to bring my dream into reality and gave birth to four such books, two of which actually got published. Though that dreamed-of fame and wealth never materialized, writing turned out to be the stepping-stone to something even better: my current life as a fiber sculptor.Read More
I love math because it is explorable. There is always something new to learn, to see, and to discover. The minute you solve one problem, it opens so many more doors for solutions to future problems.
I really love understanding things completely. I swear I am incapable of memorization. If I just try to learn a process, it's lost to me and forgotten soon after. But, if I figure things out for myself - strip the math of its scary numbers and symbols - and just focus on the patterns and expiration... that's where true learning and understanding comes in.