Artist Statement: My textile-based work involves a close exploration of nature in my hometown, Hamilton Township, Ontario, through a microscope, the production of natural dyes, and eco printing. I explore themes of comfort, healing, meditation and the implications of materials and abstraction. I am interested in the familiarity, intimacy, connotations (home, comfort, protection) and metaphors (mending, repairing, connecting) that thread and cloth hold. My studio turns into a laboratory were I examine various wild plants, leaves, and water, under a microscope. By interpreting microscope photographs in soft sculpture and embedding meaning into all my materials, I aim to reconnect and rebuild my relationship with my home. Textile materials and a series of slow, meditative, and repetitive processes create comfort for myself.