According to her biography, Kirk studied art and art education at Northern Illinois University and received a master's degree in art education with a strong emphasis on fiber.
Kirk taught art on the elementary level for 12 years and three semesters of weaving at Joliet Junior college. She exhibits her work, and she also lectures and does workshops on fibers and topics related to fiber, her biography also said.
Her knowledge and skills include spinning, felting, kumi himo, tassel making and marbling as well as the areas of color theory and design, her biography also said. She also makes yarn from dog hair.
'You can't buy that at K-Mart'
The idea came from a heckler shortly after Kirk graduated from college. Kirk said she was demonstrating how to spin yard when someone heckled her by saying, "You know, you can buy that at K-Mart."
"I thought, 'What can't you buy at K-Mart? Well, you can't buy dog hair spun into yarn at K-mart,'" Kirk said.
Kirk said she instructs clients to save the resulting hair from grooming their dogs, place it in a bag and then ship it to her. After cleaning and spinning the hair into yard, Kirk sends it back to the client.
"Sometimes they'll ask me to weave a scarf or something for them," Kirk said. "But that is not a requirement."