Doreen with her nieces, Lindsey and Katlyn
I was raised in Westbury, New York, a suburb of Long Island.
I am a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with an A.A.S. in Display and Exhibit Design and a B.F.A in Textile and Surface
Design. I have worked in the fashion and home furnishings industries throughout my professional career, creating designs for woven textiles and decorative trimming.
I am also a published artist/illustrator with three books with Dover Publications.
In Junior High school, when I learned how to sew, I did not know it would open up a world of needle arts. I started sewing clothes and moved on to embroidery in
high school and college.
In 1999, I walked into my local crafts store and discovered Cross Stitch. It appealed to me because, as a weaver, the designing process was based on squares, just
like the graph paper used in designing for the weaving loom. I was hooked.
After the fall of the World Trade Towers in NY, my needle arts focus changed. Up until then I had concentrated on designing quilts in cross stitch. After 9/11,
I created An Americana Flag as an artistic response to my feelings about that day. When the Smithsonian Institution requested my flag for the
National Museum of American History, I decided that perhaps I could create something bigger that would help others deal with the events of that day as my flag
had helped me. The Americana Stars Memorial is that project. After a story about my efforts was published nationally, I received letters,
cards and emails from stitchers all over the country, wanting to be involved. The project has grown from there and I have been working on it since early 2003.
I hope to have it completed and displayed by September 11, 2014 when the museum that has requested it opens.
I presently reside in Rego Park, New York and love to spend time cross stitching, watching old movies, volunteering at charitable events, walking, weaving,
cooking, gardening and growing vegetables, and visiting with my nieces, family and friends.
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