Attracted to the lustrous quality of textiles, Monica loves to work in fabric because in each stitch the devotion of her own spiritual practice can become woven into the fabric--each stitch becomes a breath, a mantra,
a prayer. When creating a deity image, the deity almost seems to come alive through the tactile, three dimensional quality of the fabric and stitches.
Monica has studied and practiced meditation, yoga and Varjayana Buddhism for 23 years under two great masters: Swami Chetanananda, Abbot of The Movement Center, and Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, Abbot of Pal Gyi Dingri Langkor Jangsem Kunga Ling monastery in Boudha, Kathmandu. Her knowledge and fine sense of line, color and iconography come from these teachers and continue to develop under their guidance. In 1999, she began her training in Nechung style thangka appliqué technique with Venerable Gyaltsen Chopel, of Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala,
one of three living masters of this tradition. She has since herself been recognized at master level by her teacher, and currently trains new
“Monica’s sacred textiles are extraordinary. Not only are they supremely refined technically,
but her devotion infuses every stitch and thread with a quality that transmits its power to whoever is fortunate enough to have one of her pieces.”
Patty Slote, owner of
The woman stitches threads
that are subtle,
and the intensity
of her devotion
make them fine!
I am weaving the linen
of night and day.
When my Lord comes
and I feel his feet,
the gift I will have for him
apprentices in the art, carrying on the lineage. Additionally, she has trained at Longevity Textile Studio in London, England, in the basic techniques of conservation, mounting and cleaning of Asian textiles and mounting of thangkas.
Monica was born in Washington, DC, earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1985, and currently resides at
The Movement Center ashram in Portland, OR. She continues to be incredibly grateful to her teachers for sharing their art and inspiration with her, and grateful to her clients who give
her the opportunity to share in turn.