The wood constructions were inspired by a visit to a woodworker's workshop who salvages wood from old barns and houses that are marked for demolition; then repurposes the wood. In the corner of the workshop by the wood stove, I spied a large scrap pile of colorful little wood triangles. The triangles were the left overs from his projects. The beautiful little wood scraps with their old peeling paint were too pretty to throw away so I loaded up my van, hauled them to my studio and started playing with them. The shapes, the chipped paint and the faded, distressed colors reminded me of the frayed quilts I slept under as a child at my grandmother's house. Working with the wood scraps is much like laying out quilts. I want my constructions to be contemporary but have a nostalgic feel with a nod to history and traditional American craft. It feels good to make art out of materials that were headed to the dump. "