I became intrigued by the fiber arts the first time I combed wool at the 4H Club meeting in 5th grade. Coming from a sewing, quilting and needlework heritage, my interest in creating fabric via knitting had to wait until a friend taught me to knit while traveling on a train in Wales. The mission of that trip quickly turned from sight seeing to fiber acquisition and my fascination with all things fiber was reborn.
Being involved in a Waldolf style school with my three daughters required lots of fiber art work. I was happy to fulfill my school volunteer hours knitting farm animals, dyeing yarn, felt and silks and other indulgences, er, I mean, work. Those daughters are now in college and high school and I am still playing with fiber!
I have taught knitting at schools and summer camps for many years, taking great delight in seeing kids, both girls and boys, become interested in and skilled at this age old craft.
The Arts and Crafts Place has its roots in the summers I spent at my neighborhood elementary school doing arts and crafts. Back in the day, a kid could walk down to the playground and spend a few hours in a supervised program doing cool stuff. Those were also the days when art education was abundant during the school year. I even remember going to an art class in the basement of the old library in Iowa City. In an effort to keep that going for another generation I developed the idea of a summer camp teaching the fiber arts. I began by being a guest artist at various camps around Iowa City. Eventually I started The Arts and Crafts Place to expand the offerings for the kids. I have enjoyed learning about crafts new to me and working with great teachers who can offer so much to kids!
It is my dream to turn The Arts and Crafts Place into a year-round sanctuary for learning and creativity for both kids and adults.