Gretchen Klimoski had an interest in fabrics and sewing since childhood, but didn't pursue it professionally until she moved to Virginia in 1977 and began creating one-of-a-kind women's garments.
She draws inspiration from the fiber arts of many cultures and enjoys translating traditional fiber techniques for contemporary works. She uses vintage Japanese kimono silks, Indonesian ikats, dupioni silks from Asias and Australian Aboriginal patterns in her garments.
Another identifying feature of her work is the use of Japanese sashiko. The simple running stitch is used to recreate patterns of intersecting lines inspired by nature. Over the years, the stitching of these designs has become a quiet, meditative practice.