I’ve always enjoyed making things with my hands. If it had anything to do with needles, yarn, thread or fabric, I was all over it. This interest came to me through the women in my family. My paternal grandmother, Fanny Berkowitz, was a master of knitting and crocheting. She grew up in Hungary where her public education taught these areas. I have a distinct memory of asking her to knit me a double-breasted sweater vest with a shawl collar and pockets. She “whipped it up” in about a week without using a pattern. It was amazing! My mother, Miriam Reese Berkowitz, dabbled in embroidery and knitting. She was always working on something in the evenings – after she worked full time and provided a soup-to-nuts meal for every dinner. (And…the house was always clean and the laundry was always done. I don’t think she slept much!)
These women set the stage for my interest. I learned early how to thread a needle and clumsily sewed 2 pieces of fabric together – I practiced a great deal for my Barbie doll. Embroidery and needlepoint were next. Knitting became interesting during college. I stuck with it for quite a few years, even learning how to design a pattern and write the directions.
Then, as a young mom, I found quilting – or should I say quilting found me. I learned from the woman in our neighborhood who watched my son and daughter when I had to go back to work. Kathy B. was an “earth mother”. Her home was filled with hundreds of books, and classical music was always playing. She had one tiny television that was tucked away in her bedroom so the kids didn’t watch it. She developed an age-appropriate curriculum for the pre-schoolers and taught them well – as a result when my kids headed to kindergarten, they were solidly prepared. Most amazingly, while all this was going on, Kathy always had a quilt-in-progress laid out on her dining room table. Each day I was so excited and interested to see her progress. I loved watching her do the hand sewing…she was masterful. I asked if she would teach me. She gave me a few pointers … and it clicked!! I had found the one needle art that spoke to me above all others! And the rest as they say…is history!
So today, fiber art is my passion. I love the tactile sense of it. I love to work in bold colors and figuring out how to make them work together. It is an expression of my life experiences that make me who I am. It is the representation of my mind’s eye – life depicted through the collaborations of fiber and color. It is me.
And here’s some other info about my life:
B. S. Social Work, University of Cincinnati
M.B.A., Xavier University
Cincinnati Jewish Foundation
Bellevue, Ky Nov. 2010
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Middletown, Ohio 2011, 2016
Mason, Ohio 2013, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio 2015 Texture - Fabric, Paper and Paint
West Chester, Ohio 2015 If Music Be the Quilt of Life…Play On!
Cincinnati, Ohio 2015 Wild, Wonderful and Wacky
Cincinnati, Ohio 2015 Fiber: The Next Dimension
Cincinnati, Ohio 2015 So this is Fiber?
Ft. Thomas, Ky. 2016 Art After Hours
Wyoming, Ohio 2017 1st Place Award - Fiber Category
Mar. 2012 Panelist
2012 “Utah Landscape”
2013 “12 Tribes”
2012 “Kopnick Piano”
2015 “Teach the Children”
Cincinnati Nature Center
CQAFA Annual Show
Award: 2014 Annual Show – Second Place for Viewers’ Choice
Middletown Arts Center
SAQA Ohio Regional Show
C-Link Brazee Street Studio
Kennedy Hts. Art Center
Ft. Thomas Library
Wyoming Art Show
Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists (CQAFA) Design Process
CQAFA 2011 – current
Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) 2013 – current