My art practice engages purposeful acts of play that embrace the disenfranchised in concept and form. Collecting cast-off textiles and household objects from family members, thrift stores, garage sales, and roadside debris, I repurpose and alter materials with extensive mark-making through handicraft and fine art techniques. Working intuitively, each series evolves from the sensations materials give me as I handle them and from the physical and conceptual interactions between and within each work. I create artful “toys,” fueled by a borderline obsessive sensibility, intending each piece to unsettle assumptions about form and function. I want to shake up traditional structures separating art and craft with tactile experiences that combine playful impropriety with transient, disquieting beauty. The power of play is in its ability to inspire curiosity, tolerance, and humor as agents of personal growth and social change.