My love of print and pattern was explored while completing a BA Hons Degree in Textile Design at Central School of Art. This was followed by a successful career in industry designing ceramics for Marks and Spencer’s and then I continued in the textile industry as a consultant, designing and organising the printing of fashion fabrics for major high street stores.
I taught textiles at Gt Yarmouth College and since 2002 I have worked as a successful freelance artist on textile, art and fashion projects in numerous schools in Rutland, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire as well as co-ordinating many larger projects with groups of schools. From 2011-2013 I worked as the Fashion and Textile Consultant for CfBT Lincolnshire Education Services where I worked with the Arts Team to co-ordinate the schools ‘Sew into Fashion’ Programme and fashion show with a group of schools.
I have always loved printing – from screenprints to lino and collagraph, and my print work often combines methods together with the addition of mixed media. Leicester Print Workshop’s courses have allowed me to refresh my skills and learn new ones over the years.
My textile work often uses print enhanced with other textile techniques and takes the form of layers of hand dyed fabrics, with free machining, embellishment and 3D work. I am inspired by many themes such as the countryside and conservation, history and folklore. I like to create exciting multi-layered surfaces based on my research including lines from poems or songs as well as photographic images.
I have exhibited work with Leister Print Workshop, at the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham and won the Madeira threads machine embroidery prize in 2011. I will be exhibiting two textile pieces in the P2P2014 Exhibition in October 2014.