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Date of Graduation

Spring 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Art, Design and Art History

Archival Department Name

School of Art and Art History


Lisa Tubach

Mark Rooker

Laura Katzman


Wearing My Heart On My Sleeve is a collection of fabric and fiber works that focus on issues related to my recovery from a heart attack. Using the hospital gown and other garment forms as templates for self-portraiture, I explore the emotions surrounding the diagnosis and subsequent management of my chronic health condition. My art-making process combines tradition and technology, using modern, high-speed sewing machines and computers to create the fabric for contemporary interpretations of traditional garment and needlecraft forms. I am also concerned with the use of language and words as critical design elements for the fabrics I create. The resulting work is an autobiographical investigation that aims to speak universally to the challenges of living with a chronic disease.



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