The need to create is an integral part of the human condition, manifesting itself differently from individual to individual, but necessary for a fully realized existence. We wish to produce something where before there was nothing. Creativity is not product but action, the exploration of “making” as a search for beauty and perfection. Creativity is also spirituality, a search for meaning and insight into ourselves and our place in the universe. And not least, creativity is problem solving, an exercise of the intellect to find new solutions and new ways of seeing.
The instinctive drive to create may be related to the evolutionary success of humans as toolmakers. In ancient and modern times people have sought to bring beauty into everyday life. Creativity through the crafting of objects with functional reference has a place in social pattern. Craft objects reflect the common experiences of many. They link us to our past and express new ideas.
Quilting is grounded in American history, family, community and common experience. Art quilts are a living document of cultural history expressing artistic, emotional and spiritual values, particularly those of women. I use quilts to transpose function and symbol, art and craft, and to express ideals about creativity and community.