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With a years worth of allowance I bought my first sewing machine when I was 11 years old. By the time I was thirteen I was creating my own fashions and wearing them a bit self consciously to Jr. High. One day the principal pulled me out of math class and explained that the black sun dress which I had trimmed with white lace was indecent. It broke the dress code because it was sleeveless. I argued that because the dress had wide straps I could still wear a bra with it and thus I wasnt breaking the spirit of the code. Nevertheless my mom was called to bring me an alternative outfit. While waiting outside the school for my mom to arrive the principal followed me out and began again about the dress code. I told him to "go to hell."
When I got home that night my parents made me call all of my girlfriends and tell them through a flood of tears that the big slumber party I had planned for the weekend was cancelled. I was being punished for mouthing off. Sewing has been nothing but attitude ever since!
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I have been a resident of North Carolina since 1976. I began my work as an artist making improvisational quilts in 1993. Today as part of my studio practice, I work with people who are grieving to make functional improvisational quilts from the clothing of the deceased. You can see my quilts and other multi-disciplinary, community based projects at www.passagequilts.com.
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