Since her early childhood, Draper has been drawn to textiles and garment construction. While pursuing a teaching credential in art education at San Diego State University, she worked at a fabric store and got her start teaching art at the Boys Club in San Diego. In 1975, Draper and her family moved to Jiddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to continue her love of teaching in the Parents Cooperative School. She spent 13 years in Saudi Arabia gaining inspiration from the traditional Bedouin garments where embroidery, appliquéd fabric, and attention to detail were unlike anything she had ever seen. This new found appreciation ultimately led to her collection consisting of only Bedouin garments, masks, and headpieces. Draper currently volunteers at the Mingei Folk Museum in Balboa Park and is a curator for the Valley Art Center in Rancho Bernardo, California.
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