From the beginning, Tick spent summers in her fathers scrap metal recycling plant weighing and sorting metals, exploring the possibilities in the cast-offs of rural life.
At the University of Iowa, Tick began as a printmaker, etching fabric and texture into copper. She left as a weaver, combining materials both hard and soft.
Tick’s life and work have always been a narration of balance. Tick creates work that harnesses the struggles of life, resulting in textiles that are both delicate and strong. She investigates materials, pairing the thick with the thin, the dull with the brilliant, and the colorful with the neutral. As Tick states, “weaving holds everything together, materials and life, successes and failures”.