Background – I was born into a family who loved working with textiles – fibre is in my blood. My early passion was a fascination with traditional quilting: the use of recycled fabric in scrap quilts, geometric lines that create structure, and layers providing texture. I have always enjoyed experimenting with fabric – layering up, cutting or burning back and manipulating it into interesting forms, embellishing with stitch, paint …….. you get the picture!
Feltmaking – In 2007 I was introduced to the wonders of feltmaking. I attended a felt bag making workshop with some friends and became hooked. I immediately ordered some wool and started experimenting. After a year exploring techniques, attending more workshops and increasing my skills I started teaching feltmaking myself. I love delivering workshops, supporting individuals to learn techniques, understand the properties and capabilities of this amazing material and to make something unique and beautiful. I continue to explore and develop techniques myself and am particularly drawn to 3D felting.
Dyeing – I prefer to work with British wool for my own practice, enjoying the wonderful natural colours and textures these wools offer. However, I do love to work with colour, so I taught myself to dye fibres to give myself an extended colour palette.
Into the Blue – Recently I have extended my practice into cyanotype printing, capturing the wonder of nature’s patterns using plants and the sun. Working mainly onto textiles this has taken me back to my roots – I originally trained in photography.