'Empress of the Hiwassee
-was a title given to me as a
little jab as I paddled the
Hiwassee River in Appalachia on
a beautiful sunny day.
I tend to see castles instead of shacks. I have my dreams of creating things of beauty as an artist with so many tools. What appears to be trash to some will be my treasure.
I find vintage and antique artifacts like discarded Scout bags, haversacks, grain
sacks, tapestries, barkcloth, military canvas, vintage and antique frocks. Then, I make them into wearable art like rustic bags, summer cottage hats, etc.
I've been sewing since a little girl, and worked in alteration shops and factories. I took things apart to learn about construction.
The distressed effects are real
and/or intentional because they give an air of history.
I hope you like my art.