I originally went to the London College of Printing to study photography but never worked professionally. I have always been interested in textiles and started to make my own clothes from an early age.
We live in the Cotswolds with a view over the river Severn. Gardening is my other passion and with over half an acre on a slope, this takes up a lot of my time and as I get older I notice the wild edges getting larger! The colours and textures in the garden and surrounding landscape have always been a great source of inspiration to me.
I have experimented with all sorts of things – knitting, designing polymer clay jewellery, paper and silk paper making, felting, quilting. I always have lots of ideas but don’t always know how to carry these through to completion.
In 2010 I became increasingly aware that I need guidance and discipline to enable me to develop an image from sketchbook to finished work. In the summer of 2010 I went on two week-long workshops that set me on this road. I enrolled for a City and Guilds online Machine Embroidery course with Distant Stitch and also a Creative Sketchbooks course with Linda Kemshall.
In April of 2013, I was diagnosed with and treated for cancer in May/June and spent the summer recovering in the garden, taking advantage of the wonderful summer. We had built me a new studio in the garden in the early part of the year, dumped everything in it from the little bedroom I used to work in, so that by August when I felt up to going in it, I couldn’t remember where anything was! I decided to give up the embroidery course, as I felt all the exercises had started to have less relevance for me, freeing myself to follow my own path.
Since then I have experimented with all kinds of textiles and mixed media, been to various workshops and done several online courses. It is a joy to sit in the studio and be so close to nature. So much inspiration!