Friday, June 09, 2006

June 9, 2006 Newsletter

Dear friends and family,

As many of you know, I have put my legal career on hold in favor of something much more delightful. At long last, I have become a professional artist.

I have started a business called Fiber of Her Being (, through which people can commission me to make custom-made quilts and quilted artwork. My specialty is sentimentality: I like to build in family history, photos, and fabrics or embellishments with sentimental value into the work. The result is a quilt, pillow, wall-hanging, or soft-sculpture that families will treasure and pass along as heirlooms. It makes a great wedding decoration, anniversary gift, or addition to a new-baby shrine.

I have also joined Fiberworks, a group of fiber (fabric) artists at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Starting July 1, I will be selling some of my work in their gallery. The Torpedo Factory is a major regional arts center with high quality artwork from pottery to printmaking to photography to … art quilts. I will be working at the Fiberworks gallery five days a month, so give me a call and coordinate if you’d like to come when I’m there. For directions, go to the Torpedo Factory’s website at There you can find information about Fiberworks by clicking on the Fiberworks tab at the top center.

Finally, I had a piece accepted into the Art League “Paint” Alexandria show, which is open from June 7 to July 3 in the Art League gallery at the Torpedo Factory. Please join me at the opening reception this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00. My piece is called The Blue Men of Alexandria and features photos I took in Alexandria, printed onto fabric and quilted into a collage. Some information about the show is at, and you can see a picture of my beloved piece on my site at

I’d love it if you would forward this message to your artsy or sentimental friends. After all this start-up work, now I just need some business! I’m grateful to you for your help.

And one last note, as you may know, this spring I married a wonderful man, James Boiani. Without his love and support I could never have made this huge transition. Next time you see him, please give him a big hug.

Thanks, everybody.


Thursday, June 01, 2006