It took me over 50 years to figure out that the theme of my life is living in 2 worlds:
- I am a borderline BabyBoomer and Gen X’er
- half Native American and half White
- working 2 jobs – administrative professional and artist
Truthfully, I’ve never felt like I belonged, so I do my best by creating stuff. Over the years, I have explored: sewing, jewelry making, rubber stamp art, spinning yarn, knitting, photography, theater, hoop dance, videography, scrapbooking, cardmaking and even had a brief interlude with weaving.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and had surgery on both hands that put an end to my crafting. Needing to create, I focused on photography and mixed media art. In late 2016, my hands were able to handle small amounts of sewing and sculpting with Creative Paperclay so I’ve added art dolls to my mixed media repertoire.
Tenukihandcrafts was coined by my supportive partner, Bill. Tenuki is a term from the game of go that means “to take the initiative and play somewhere else.”
My art features complex imagery, mythical creature, ancient goddesses, nature and females. I find it difficult to label my art; the best I can do is: whimsical, expressive, mixed media collage and assemblage.
Tenukihandcrafts is headquartered in the Emerald City – Seattle.
Here are some random facts about me:
♥ Happy with Mr. Thompson since the late 1980s
♥Graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in Technical Theatre and minor in Art History
♥ My superpower is the ability to walk into a fabric store and go straight to the most expensive piece of fabric.
♥ I believe everyone is an artist – you just have to find your medium and your voice.