I’ve enjoyed the good fortune to grow up along the Humber River in Toronto and thanks to friends and family, to frequently visit the Niagara Escarpment, Muskoka and Kawartha regions of Ontario. Although I am educated in Interior Design, my heart has always been out in nature. While walking a trail or paddling my kayak my eye is always drawn to photographing the infinite colour palettes and patterns I find in nature.
I am a self-taught photographer and a mother-taught seamstress. My mother was a stylish lady and she taught me the importance of classic styling, quality fabrics and fine finishing. I've sewn since I was a teen and have always loved the sheen and feel of silk.
In 2014 I began to experiment with digitally printing my photographs on silk to try to capture a sparkle of sunlight on water. The artwork evolved into my art wear enterprise, Water | Wood | Style, a design studio of textiles and silk fashion accessories using my photography. My hope is to wrap women in nature and have them feel the same tranquility I feel floating in the middle of a calm pond on a sunny afternoon.
My objective is to design scarves that represent every corner of Canada and perhaps beyond.
I've designed several styles as scarves to fit any budget. All scarves are 100% silk that are digitally printed with reactive dyes for colour fastness and fade resistance. Each scarf is individually cut by hand and machine finished in Toronto Canada.
I am committed to giving nature her share of my process. Each year I photograph areas in need of conservation and create a special scarf with 50% of the proceeds donated to Nature Conservancy Canada.
I specialize in surface design based on my original photographs of specific natural locations. If you are a designer or architect I can consult and collaborate on large scale and upscale projects. I am experienced in the digitally printed textile process from design to product development.
Need a nature inspired textile for a your latest collection? Have an idea for an installation? Looking to add textiles and nature to a space? Or are you a group trying to conserve a special natural environment? Let's talk to see if we can work together.