Since completing a degree in Fashion and Textiles
(specialising in embroidery), I have been designing
and making with fabric,stitch and my trusty
Bernina sewing machine.
I supply around 30 shops and galleries with my cards
and have produced ranges for Paperchase and W.H.
Smith. Larger pieces have been been exhibited in galleries
and exhibitions, including Manchester Royal Exchange
Craft Centre, Shirehall Gallery and Birmingham Botanical
My first love is drawing and my work generally begins
with first-hand observation and sketches. I never
venture far without a sketch book to hand and find
inspiration all around. Gardens, flowers and plants,
birds, domestic life and collections are all sources of
endless ideas, stimulus and excitment to me.
A combination of machine and hand embroidery allows
me to combine elements of freedom and precision. I
enjoy the spontaneity of free machine embroidery which
enables me to "draw" with the needle, whilst creating
texture, depth and relief. Hand stitches add fine detail
and I love to reclaim old techniques and use them in
a contemporary way.
I use a range of fabrics, including silks, printed and plain
cottons for dyeing, calico, muslin and sheers.
Satin, cotton and metallic threads are used in a variety of bright
shiny colours, and subtle matt shades.
I have recently started to sell my work at Arts Markets
and fairs where I enjoy meeting people and get immense
support and feedback from apppreciative customers.