what do I do?

My dear old sewing machine is a whizz at free machine embroidery, and my magical embellisher loves to mesh and mash fabrics together. Together we create a wide variety of textile pieces, both 2D and 3D.. I am always seeking to explore possibilities and to experiment (I love a technical challenge!).

summer: detail

what inspires me?

I walk most days out into nature and watch the daily changes in the local hills, fields and hedgerows, I love the sea too, and it often features in my work, along with aspects of my life. I just love how what you see and and feel can feed your creativity.

how did I get here?

As a mature student,I studied for a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts at The University of Cumbria. The course which started me off on this journey was Textiles I with The Open College of the Arts, done by post while living in a caravan! Check out my story of how I became a textile artist on the wonderful and inspiring Textile Artist.org.

sharing and showing...

It's so lovely to take part in activities with other artists - I spend a lot of time working alone so it's great to mix with others of like mind, and show our work together. I am a member of Fabricate textile makers, based at Florence Arts Centre, (an old iron ore mine) at Egremont, here in Cumbria,  I am also a member of Contemporary Cloth, based in Penrith, and the EVAN/West Cumbrian Arts network.