My home and studio is situated in the depths of the South Norfolk countryside.
Inspiration comes from surroundings at home and away, historical artefacts, visits to museums and galleries, scientific discoveries & adventures. I use my sketch books to develop ideas and inspire work. For many years I have worked solely with textiles, combining hand stitch with felting, machine embroidery and mixed media using traditional and new techniques.
I have experimented with weaving backgrounds for stitch and now am doing the same with painted backgrounds
I studied “Textiles” with the Open College of the Arts and “Embroidery” with City & Guilds. I have exhibited independently, with the Embroiderers’ Guild and with TOPstitch.
I have dabbled with watercolour painting but now am experimenting with acrylic painted backgrounds for stitch.
I am keen textile sketchbook creator and explorer.
Retirement from a career spanning over 35 years in the Health Service has given me space and time to re-engage with my love of textiles and textile art.
National and local tutors have inspired my studies with the Open College of the Arts and City and Guild certification in textiles and embroidery. On line courses have helped my creativity, experimentation and explorations.
I enjoy learning, developing and sharing skills, experimenting with different and new techniques and materials, and interpreting what I see and feel around me in my art. A week never passes without learning something new.
I enjoy teaching. I’ve been very lucky to have had inspirational teachers and supervisors of my textile work. In turn, I’m always pleased to share skills.
I have had many active roles within the Embroiderers’ Guild locally, I am a member of “TOPstitch”, an exhibition group (Topstitch website) whose aim is to raise public awareness of embroidery and textile work as an acknowledged and respected art form and of “Threadheads” a small group of experimental textile artists (Threadheads website). I have recently joined STARS (Stitch and Textile Art in Suffolk) and the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (website).