My Father was a professional artist and illustrator so I was very fortunate to see what this meant as a way of life and had few illusions. The elderly lady who lived next door taught me to sew from a very early age and I grew up drawing, painting and sewing every minute I could, doing each with equal importance and obsession.
After school and as many art and textile related exams the curriculum would allow I went on to complete a Bachelor of Humanities in Art and Dance at Goldsmith College, University of London. During this study I continued to stitch as relaxation but also sneaking stitch into my fine art course work as often as I could.
While my sons were young I studied City and Guilds Embroidery, achieving distinction and highly commended in the medal of excellence scheme.
I have worked as an interior designer and mentor for a textiles Masterclass in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Gallery Manager for Bury St Edmunds Art gallery, now renamed Smiths Row.
My sons are now grown men and I am freelance, working from my studio at home. I work for exhibitions, commissions and tutor textile and design workshops by invitation.
My preoccupation is to use simple hand stitches, nothing too complicated as I want the work and what I want it to say, not the technique to be predominant.
Following initial ideas and research I work with materials that I have woven, melted, shaped, dyed, printed or painted. I am led visually as I allow the work to grow and in doing so I gain the right visual vocabulary for the work.
The ideas and inspirations that inform my work are very varied. I may work from detailed drawings and research or use a piece of particular fabric or thread as an initial starting point. I can work with an idea for a long time and am very concerned to make work in series.
I make pieces to be wall hung and am beginning to make sculptural work using stitches in combination with a hard metal or wooden form for support.