Patti was raised on a farm in the mid-west surrounded by creative people. An uncle was an original animator for Walt Disney. A cousin painted murals in NYC (one is still at La Guardia Airport). Both her mother and father were artists and saw their daughter carry on the family tradition.
After high school, Patti studied art at Biola University in the Los Angeles area. In the late 1960’s and 1970, she worked as a flight attendant for Flying Tiger Line and Airlift International transporting troops to the Vietnam War on Military Airlift Command (MAC) flights.
While working as a flight attendant in Phoenix and in Japan she studied art under various masters. After painting portraits for several years she began experimenting with fibers. Having two daughters helped her focus more on the human figure in cloth.
John and Patti Culea, Hume Lake, California
Patti was active in the travel industry in sales and marketing, working for such airlines as All Nippon Airways and Aloha Airlines. She retired from the airline industry in 1996 which has allowed more time to follow her artistic dream.
Today, Patti combines her love of fabric and dyes by creating beautiful cloth dolls and journals. She has developed her own technique in beadwork and many of her pieces show this. She has traveled the world teaching her art and has written six books on doll-making and is the subject of three DVDs.