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I attribute my love of textiles to my mother who grew up in Finland, a country which reveres beautiful design. She always had a project —an embroidered pillow, a cross-stitch wall hanging, a Rya rug or a heart shaped patch on my favorite pants. Not long after I started stitching a friend gave me some upholstery samples. There was no looking back. I became obsessed with using “found fabric.” I took inspiration from layering colors and patterns. Look closely at my pieces and you will see snippets from an old dish cloth, a loved Boden skirt, the too-tight Old Navy sundress and more. Several years ago I stopped buying new clothes in response to the waste and environmental impact of the fashion industry. I took to shopping at thrift stores, mending my pants (thanks Mom!) and reading about boro stitching which has its roots in Japan. Reuse of even the smallest scraps of fabric and visible mending are characteristics of boro and can be found in my fabric collages and other pieces. I often employ a simple running stitch which adds texture and color. The process itself is slow and meditative.