Born in Montreal of Latvian refugees, I earned a Master of Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax.
Much of my early work explored my relationship to my Latvian heritage and textile traditions. I love teaching and have taught at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, NSCAD, Concordia University, Montreal and the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. I am honoured to have exhibited my work throughout Canada, the United States, Latvia, Europe and Japan.
I remain engaged in the dissemination of ideas regarding the history, socio-cultural, political, and technical applications of textiles through volunteer service, lectures, and workshops. I have also served on the board of the Textiles Society of America and was president from 2016-2018. I currently live in Jemseg, New Brunswick and serve on the board of Queens County Heritage in Gagetown, where I am also the weaving consultant.
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