My eco-conscious artistic creations are primarily shaped by my family heritage as a third generation fiber artist-crafter and my formal training in Ecology and Anthropology. I was born and raised in North Carolina and taught the traditional fiber arts like spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and quilting by my mother and grandmother. Learning how to forage for wild dye plants in the ditches of Chapel Hill and stomping through my neighbors 40+ acres of woods began my life long fascination with flora and fauna. Collecting pokeberries and coreopsis for dying wool, making baskets from honeysuckle, making sculptures of mysterious rusty stuff abandoned in the woods, and shaping red clay from creek banks into pinch pots created my fascination with how people use and impact their ecosystems. When I came of age, I set off to seek formal training in Ecology and Anthropology in college (Wellesley College) and graduate school (UC Davis). My artistic creations finally clicked when I discovered the ecoprints of India Flint and the rust and found-art creations of Alice Fox. Creating art with weeds, yard waste, found objects, thrifted items, and lower impact fibers has become a passion of mine. I hope you enjoy my creations.
Botanical based dyes can fade over time. I’ve used all the tricks of the trade to make my art as color fast as possible, but for best results don’t place my artwork in bright light for extended periods of time. I also encourage folk to embrace the dynamic nature of art made with plants. All art need not be archival, it can be fun to see how a piece ages like fine wine.
If you are interested…Mammuti is the Finnish word for Mammoth, and my husband is of Finnish heritage. My son is a mammoth enthusiast. Bones have been found here locally in Licking County, Ohio. So, Mammuti connects me to my family and locality.