My contemporary headdresses begin as white cotton mop heads.  The inspiration for them comes from the African headdresses in the Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I've always been attracted to primitive art with its ability to transform humble items of everyday life into tactile, innovative works of art.  I began to explore the possibilities of using the kitchen mop as the 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 and using them in a unique way.  Each mop has its own particular growth patterns which emerge organically.