I began my artist life by constructing willow baskets, then building boxes and finally designing handbags. I like to make things that hold "stuff." I've been creating and crafting my entire life. My mother, Helen, taught me to sew at age five. I love combining color and texture, along with interesting shapes and good pattern making. All handbags start in my sketchbook, then I draft a pattern, find great fabric, and construct the handbags parts on my 35 year old Viking sewing machine. I love hand stitching and fashioning subtle details using beads, vintage buttons, linings and fabulous notions.
I am the director of The Very Merry Holiday in Baraboo and Cool Boo Open Studios. I have been in ALL the Fall Art Tours and, in the beginning, helped craft the event. I am married to Frank Kudla. We live in a 135 year old brick home in "Old" Baraboo. We love to garden, eat well, stay healthy and create interesting "arty" things to wear.
During the Tour, we host Basketmaker Kristee Weber-Mickler and Hot Glass Worker Sharon Fujimoto.