Things have a way of evolving, and everything I do, I think of as an exercise. I enjoy the process of choosing and cutting fabrics. The importance of color defines the design.
I began sewing my own clothing from bathing suits to prom dresses as a young teenager along with my sisters at a time when we also worked in a fabric store after school.
I’ve been a photo re-toucher since the age of 14 when I started as an apprentice for my father in Manhattan. From 1977 to 2001, I had my own business – and switched over to digital photo retouching on the computer in 1992. Through my work, I had the opportunity to work on many projects for high end clients including the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts and Ellis Island.
I studied calligraphy at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan – and was a calligrapher for Joan Rivers for 23 years. I also did calligraphy work for Martha Stewart Living Magazine.
In 2003, I felt driven to sew a 9/11 quilt. I started sewing then – and have not stopped since. I have been a member of the Northern Star Quilt Guild headquartered in Somers, New York since 2007 – and have received awards for more than two dozen pieces displayed in various shows.
My husband David and I currently reside in Mount Kisco, New York. I am a proud breast cancer survivor – and am the loving parent to two cats, Gracie and Charlie.
– Diana F. Sharkey-Leedy