About the Author
Kay Faye Fialkoff was a mathematics teacher, mathematics textbook editor, advertising copywriter, and executive director of a trade association before becoming the business manager for her husband's private practice in psychology. She studied music, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and color theory at various institutions in the NY metro area. She is a self-taught needle artist.
While working for L. W. Singer and Random House, she learned the fundamentals of writing for the educational textbook market in mathematics. She became an author in the field, creating audio and audio-visual programs. To make the information appealing, she utilized the story-telling technique.
While working as a copywriter she wrote training scripts.
Her art and music training gave her all that she needed to write. She wrote her memoir in the same manner as she creates her art - sketching in elements, modulating and enhancing them, creating highlights, adding color and shadow, keeping the composition focused and without excess while paying close attention to detail. In the telling, she wrote the stories so that they would be pleasant to the ear when read aloud. She established rhythms that would create the appropriate tensions to enhance the emotional and the spiritual elements of the writing.
Her needle art, Prayers for the Earth, when complete, will be a series of twelve large-scale crewel embroideries on themes based on wetlands, meadowlands, and woodlands. Her subjects are birds and flora of each of the habitats. Each work is inscribed with Hebrew calligraphy espousing universal themes. Her wetlands-themed suite was exhibited at the Paterson Museum in the year 2000. She has written many articles about her needle art. The articles have appeared in Needle Arts, a publication of the Embroiderer's Guild of America , Lilith, and Inner Realm.