Hi, my name is Erika, welcome to my blog! I'm an artist, author and educator, collector of vintage sewing machines, and a total geek for color theory. Currently I create and teach from my home in Chicago, Illinois.
As an artist, I inherited my love of art and sewing from my mother at a young age. My very first sewing projects as a kid were stuffed toys and doll clothing. From those first sewing projects I've learned all kinds of sewing techniques from garment construction and corsetry to fabric dyeing techniques and quilting. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Studio Arts from the College of Fine Arts at SIU-C in 1992, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree majoring in Fiber Arts from the College of Fine Arts 1997. I received the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award for excellence in undergraduate art at SIU-C in 1997.
My most current work focuses on color perception, color combinations, color illusions, and creating depth with color in the two-dimensional plane of a quilted wall hanging.
As an educator, I began teaching others how to sew and create in college, and have found ways to teach in some capacity at every organization I've worked at since then. Beginning a long relationship with BERNINA of America, Inc in 2005, I have taught consumer classes of all sizes and have authored over 200 blog articles on all subjects of sewing for the WeAllSew.com platform. Although parting with BERNINA to pursue my own work in December of 2020, I continue to contribute creative content for the WeAllSew.com platform as a long time BERNINA Loyalist Ambassador.
My current mission in education focuses on teaching quilters and creatives how limitations in human color perception can affect final visual projects made with color. My Color Theory lectures and classes can help students discover their own sense of color, and understand how better to communicate in their chosen media with color. Learn more about current lecture and workshop offerings on the "Lectures and Workshops" page, link at the top of the blog.