I've always been attracted to primitive art with its ability to transform humble items of everyday life into tactile, innovative works of art. For years I would admire the African headdresses in the Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I began to explore the possibilities using cotton kitchen mops as a common element and incorporating everyday objects into my contemporary headdresses. My everyday objects are found in hardware stores and recycling bins and consist of items such as soda can tabs, nails, washers, grommets and roof flashing. It's very exciting for me to transform the menial mops into objects of beauty using these diverse materials we see everyday. Each mop has its own particular growth patterns and grows organically, taking on a unique "personality."