I recently added fiber arts to my portfolio, with a series of colorful hanging quilted collages, a craft taught to me by my grandmother.  I am a native of Natchez, a small town on the bank of the Mississippi River.  I come from a long line of craftspeople.  My mother is a talented dressmaker and quilter.  My grandfather was a jeweler and lapidary artist, and my grandmother hooked and braided rugs by hand.