theory collection

 This collection brings the conceptual into view — and into fabric and paper.

Shop Theory

about the collection

I register the world by color. When our kids were small I didn’t have time to sketch much, especially when we were traveling. I improvised by noting all the colors I saw in a small notebook–everything from laundry lines, to bird plumage, to tiles, to colors on a wall.  Once my son and daughter were in bed, I would paint the colors out in simple horizontal lines. This practice became habit and a foundation for my own color theory.

Hundreds of small paintings later, these color studies serve as very personal maps. Our son’s fascination with number theory inspired me to explore color in another way. I developed a color algorithm for irrational numbers, like PI and Eulers, to better find a pattern in infinity.  I also used geometric imagery to celebrate the Bauhaus movement. All of these started first as paintings and then were converted into design. 

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.

Georgia O’Keeffe