Carol began dyeing fabric in 1988 when she couldn’t find the colors she needed to bring the vision of a quilt to life. With her hand-dyed fabric she was able to create the quilt, which subsequently won Best of Show at the 1989 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Since then, dyeing and surface design processes have become an enduring interest for her.
As an artist and educator for 30 years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from red, yellow and blue led to her creation of the Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student. For Carol, the ability to dye any color and the increased understanding of the interaction of colors opens the door to spontaneity and intuitive use of color in her work. It is this joyful key to color she hopes to give her students.
A former high school teacher, Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.
Carol maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States and in Canada, teaching her color mixing techniques at ProChemical & Dye in Massachusetts and Nancy Crow’s Timber Frame Barn in Ohio and Pacific Northwest Art School in Washington. Her award-winning quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally in such venues as International Quilt Festival, Visions, Husqvarna Viking Masterpieces touring Exhibition.
She is co-author of Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa.