Alison says of her work:
“I grew up in a needle and thread family. My grand-mother was a seamstress & gave me beautiful scraps to make kimonos for my Barbie (I wanted to grow up to be Japanese – it didn’t work out). My mother monogrammed pockets & cuffs for a men’s store & embroidered christening gowns. Although I grew up in a poor neighborhood all the girls in my fifth grade class wore monograms I’d made them.
When I was older I taught needlepoint & macrame at the LA Crafts Council but when I saw beadwork by Nancy Josephson I realized I was meant to be a bead artist. I began doing bead embroidery & gluing found objects & beads to whatever base I could find…”