I've been creative all my life, which I think stems from my mother and grandmother both being very creative. My earliest memory of sewing was when my grandmother bought me a sewing kit of a squirrel when I was 8 years old. At primary school in Lincolnshire, sewing was my favourite lesson of the week.
After leaving school, my professional career took me into nursing and midwifery, ending as a health visitor. However, throughout my working life I continued being creative, taking courses in flower arranging and Fabergé egg craft.
My creative life really changed when I took two City & Guilds courses in textile art, the first was a City and Guilds level 3 diploma in Machine Embroidery and the second was level 3 Diploma in creative techniques in textiles (distinction).
Over the past 15 years I have exhibited at the NEC, Excel London, West Country Quilt Show and The Big Textile Show as well as other galleries around the UK including the Lake District and Oxford University.
I became hooked on textile art and was fortunate to join two groups which exhibit around the country; Meniscus and Drawn2Stitch. Over the years I’ve found that exhibiting is something that I’m really passionate about. I love the challenge that belonging to a group brings, designing to a brief for a up coming exhibition.
Aside from exhibiting, teaching textile art is something I’m also very passionate about, to share ideas and techniques with others. I have several workshops available focusing on Machine Embroidery techniques, Tea Bag art and Serviette Quilting.
Or you may prefer a bespoke workshop.
I find inspiration for my work from all sorts of places, but especially from trips to art galleries, museums, and on my travels. The corsets seen on the web site were inspired by an underwear exhibition called undressed at the Victoria and Albert museum.
I have had articles published in Workbox, WOW book 8 and featured in Stitch magazine.