I Studied Textile Design (Mixed Media) at De Montfort University and graduated with 1st class honours in 2006. Since graduation I have worked for the Laura Ashley Interior Design Service and in the woven/knitwear industry, but the desire to design and create my own work always pulled hard and I decided to set up my own studio and go it alone in 2012.
Since then I have exhibited at contemporary craft events and supplied work to stockists throughout the UK, had a solo exhibition with a collection of framed artwork and written a book to celebrate the smaller makes I create published by the lovely people at Search Press publishing
I sketch and scribble ideas all the time often waking at night dreaming about the next thing to create. But I also like the challenge that comes with commissioned work. Over the years I’ve worked with different people, businesses and charities to create a wonderful range of work.
I create a range of different work, framed artwork, textile accessories and more recently textile dolls. The reason for this is that I create from my own personal experiences and find inspiration from what’s happening in my life. With my art I want to preserve and capture memories of the places I’ve been and seen. My love of textiles has grown with me since childhood and the influence of my mum and her talent for stitch of all types. My adorable babies have taken me into the world of all things small and cute. And with that comes baby clothes lots and lots of baby clothes! Like most people I cannot bring myself to part with them so I make with them instead.
A new setting has created the opportunity to share my skills and run workshops from my home studio. I’m a great lover of workshops and evening classes, as well as delivering workshops I have taken part in many over the years, I love the excitement and therapeutic nature of losing myself in a new skill. I continue to go out and deliver my own workshops to schools and groups but this new studio space provides an excellent environment for sharing skills.