I’m a retired nurse, writer, and creative “try anything once” woman, who has been a freelance writer for the past 15 years inbetween family, work, and other demands. I’ve been published in Army Times, Country Connection, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Canadian Author’s Association Anthology Canwrite 2006. I’ve also won honorable mentions in the CAA competition and at the Scene of the Crime Festival, and won the 2010 Bloody Pete, a very sweet little skeleton, at the Bloody Words Conference… I’ve entered the 3daynovel contest several times and still prefer this path to outlining. I’ve even placed in the top dozen once! Please check out my writings on the various pages.
After my career as a nurse, where I learned how to give a good needle – so much so that when I immunized my son’s class they wanted to come for the next shot – I thought I’d use this skill on less mobile targets and began to work with fibres, wet and needle felting them. My experience in pottery and sculpting and curiosity about animals led to sculptures of wildebeasts and anteaters as well as owls, dogs, cats, birds and the occasional lemur. I also felt people, mermaids, gnomes, dragons, and unicorns, or wherever else my imagination sends me. I began felting in 2014 and my needles have been rarely still since then.
My sculptures are formed over a wire armature and are made of 100% natural fibres from sheep, goats, llamas, and rabbits. Most are created using a single needle-felting needle; pelts are hand blended. They are gently poseable and squeezable, but are not suitable for children’s toys. I make custom animals as well, and have created sculptures of favourite horses, dogs and cats. My work has been featured at Argyle Fine Art and the Dart Gallery in Halifax, NS, and has traveled world wide, sometimes unintentionally.
I developed a wool allergy after many months of intense fibre-stabbing (artists, be careful!) and have now had to retool as an embroiderer while reentering the writing sphere.