Just as Navajo weavers passed down the process of rug making to the next generation so have my Scandinavian ancestors used their hands to work fibers into their crafts. My mom’s dad and mom came to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century from Sweden and Finland. My mom and her three sisters learned knitting and crocheting from their Finnish mother, and my mom has taught me and my daughter to knit and crochet. Feeling driven to create fiber art with my hands could have a genetic link.

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Growing up in the 50s on the Texas plains influenced my core beliefs. A simple way of life based on faith first and family second gave me strength and confidence to create friendships and ideas that linger to this day. My mom's love of needlework instilled in me a curiosity for creating handmade goods. My dad's love of nature and road trips influenced the basis for my designs. The spirit of the plains lives on in my son's creative efforts. His art inspires some of our designs. Check out John's art at: www.lowplains.net

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