My textile background
I have always stitched and had a love of textiles. Making clothes evolved into creating wearable art garments, using commercial fabrics into dyeing my own cloth and thread, a love of books into paper- and journal making. I am also a hatmaker, having taken a City & Guilds millinery course in 2002.
I have huge respect for the traditional textile techniques, often centuries old, of small ethnic communities. Workshops with artisan craftsmen in Japan have given me a tiny insight into techniques that take many years to perfect and whilst these do not necessarily translate into my own work, I do find myself influenced by Japanese aesthetics.
I am a member of Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild and the exhibiting group Eclectica.
Mixed media is an ongoing journey of experimentation and discovery, with the freedom to explore the broadest range of techniques and materials. Digital photography, printing, applique, layering and collage, dyeing, burning, melting, rusting, discharge, resist techniques and stitch can all change the surface of undyed cloth and my work is constantly evolving.
Ideas for finished pieces may develop from experimentation or be triggered by walks in the countryside, visits to exhibitions and museums, and travel. A camera and notebook are essential for capturing and recording the shapes, colours and textures of the natural and manmade worlds.