I am a Graphic Artist/Scientific Illustrator for Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California but, I also sew. I have sewn almost all my life but the output of my sewing efforts has changed over the years. At first I used my sewing for everyday clothes, home decor and crafts. Then for some years I made porcelain dolls in period clothes and marketed the patterns for these clothes. For the next few years I made educational puppets and costumes for such places as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Reyes National Sea Shore and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens.
In the past 5 or 6 years I have renewed my interest in period costumes and started making Renaissance costumes for humans. While I love clothing from any period or class my favorite is Elizabethan Court dress because it is difficult to over embellish. I do gravitate to embroidery, elaborate trims and jewels. I am perhaps best known for one chemise with 13,000 pearls couched with golden thread onto the sleeves, yolk and collar.