I am a textile artist or a fiber artist or a machine embroiderer or all of the above. My most recent mission has been to capture the motion and colors of the aurora borealis. As you watch an aurora grow and dance over your head, with colors reflecting in the snow, water and ice, and feel the electricity in the air, you forget that it is the middle of the night and your hands and feet are freezing.
From this inspiration, I have created a series of large 2- and 3-D pieces. The 2-D pieces illustrate Aurora Corona, a dramatic eruption of color in the sky. The 3-D towers are designed to capture pillars of auroral light. The towers can be grouped in 2 or 3 or 9, or spaced such that the viewer can walk amongst them. Because of the reflective quality of the multiple layers of rayon threads used to create these pieces, the colors, patterns and light change as you move.
I design on paper and computer, and then use a 15-needle commercial embroidery machine to create the segments that make up the pieces. I choose to use thread because I like the textures created by stitching and the glow created by the rayon threads when light is reflected off the surface.