Each piece begins with symbols and stories -- creation stories, legends of great floods, tales of journeys and quests, parables of good and evil. I am intrigued that cultures from so many different places and times share related traditions. The universal nature of animal symbolism also appeals to me: snakes as symbols of evil, storks or cranes as signs of good fortune. Mythology and art have been intertwined for as long as there have been humans on earth, and my work often makes references to art history. Coiling is such an ancient technique that no one is exactly certain when it first began. Though it is traditionally used to make vessels, I construct a myriad of coiled forms, including staffs, shrines and books. My pieces are often complex, but the technique is simple, requiring only a threaded needle.