Was so honored to be included in Kate Kretz’s wonderful paper and powerpoint presentation delivered at The National Textile Society Symposium in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 2012. Motherhood as subject matter in contemporary textile-based art.

The presentation discusses how women have been discouraged from incorporating their status as mothers into their work. that historically, it has been treated as an either/or issue. You can’t be a mother and serious artist. Choose one. Kate shows examples of textile artists who have defied that thinking and I can’t tell you how excited I was to be included in any discussion that features Louise Bourgeois, as well as many of my favorite contemporary fiber artists.

My work is shown at the back end of the 25 minute talk as Kate is talking about motherhood as children get older and more independent.

Listening to Kate, I was able to take pride in my contribution to this movement of women artists proudly exploring the profound experience of mothering. And that I’m exploring the part of motherhood where things don’t always go so smoothly. Where life gets messy and children thrill their parents and scare them, sometimes in the same breath.Thanks Kate, for helping me understand my own work better.