Retired mountaineer and musher, I am a fiber artist living with my husband on our Alaskan homestead at Sheep Mountain close to the Matanuska glacier. I spent fifteen years as a mountain guide on the old silk routes in the Pamirs and Karakorum mountains, and climbing in the Himalayas, Atlas, Alps and Pyrenees. Each winter I traveled to Alaska to mush dogs in my favorite wilderness.
For the past 10 years I have developed as a textile artist. I specialize in arashi shibori. This is an ancient Japanese art of folding and tying silk on poles then dying it; all done by hand, from scratch. I produce exquisite ‘haute couture’ scarves and shawls. I also paint on silk for a short time each summer and am experimenting with sculptural shibori wall-art .
My work has sold to Hollywood, state Senators, the Kennedys and many, many Alaskans who have supported me over the years.
Recently we opened our accommodations, Little Bear Guest Cabins, and my studio out at Sheep Mountain.It is open for fiber and art workshops for groups of 2 to 6 people. We have cabins to stay in and a well equipped studio to work in – www.littlebearguestcabins.com
We have a great time!! Outstanding scenery, time for your creative passion with no interruptions, cozy, cuddle-up cabins, scintillating color and luscious silks.....
I have recently rekindled my guiding career and lead independent trips to Morocco, France and England. For info on trips in 2017 contact me.