Charlotte Cook-Fuller was a professor at Towson University in Towson, MD from 1978-2000, teaching Nutrition in the Health Sciences Department. During this time she was the Editor for twelve Annual Editions: Nutrition publications (Dushkin/McGraw Hill). Hobbies included camping, exploring historical mills, and attaining an impressive life bird list through national and international travel with her husband Marchal.
More recently Cook-Fuller has focused on volunteer activities, including transcribing bird data cards recorded between 1880-1970 for the USGS North American Bird Phenology Program, updating historical records for the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM), and leading docent tours at Evergreen Museum & Library (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore). Her life bird list continues to grow as well.
Cook-Fuller’s interest in textile wall hangings originated about fourteen years ago during a visit to San Francisco to see her daughter Lynette. A family outing down Route 1 included lunch in Davenport. Upon gazing at a simple yet lovely handmade textile showcased on the restaurant wall she envisioned a geometric design that would fit Lynette’s stairwell. This led to the creation of a tall, narrow hanging (3’ x 9’) made from fabric that blended with the color of the walls and provided a focal point. The resulting piece was so successful that several more followed: two for her daughter Kitty, two for Lynette’s upstairs hallway, and finally a large one for Charlotte herself featuring imagery from the Latin American birdwatching trips that she and Marchal had taken.
Each of the current wall hangings takes over 100 hours, as the color and pattern for every shape - along with the braids and beads for accents - are carefully chosen. While some stitching is executed on the sewing machine, most is done by hand.