Fibre interests me as a language of visual narrative. Textile has a long history of inscribing social and personal stories. My work is a part of this continuum. The various fibres and the range of stitches form a vocabulary, a language I have explored since childhood. I have used it to articulate a range of stories: my ambivalence around my German heritage, flooding as a metaphor for personal turmoil, mapping as documentation of adventures and more interior terrain, embroidered sails as an homage to my late father. I also tell simple tales of companionship depicting local life and adventures. I grew up around sailboats on BC’s coast, and have hiked in many corners of Canada; the land and my experience of it informs everything I make. With input from other disciplines –a sailmaker, a meteorologist, a naturalist– I keep cluttered sketchbooks full of research that informs the work. Much of my work is two-dimensional, but I have also explored sculptural forms, pieces that are interactive, and digital animation. I want the viewer to be surprised, engaged and compelled to look more closely. The opulent surfaces of textiles reflect how I see the minute flora on the ground, but also the grand sweeps of mountains and weather. My geographies are made of thread and metaphor.