I am a textile and mixed media artist who has a background in painting. An extended textile art course from 2014 to 2016 gave me the foundation to develop my practice in this area. However, over the years I have explored lots of creative arts such as ceramics, art journaling and the more traditional fields of embroidery which have given me different skills to employ in my work.
I am deeply interested in synthesis – the bringing together of materials and ideas to create something new. This is what drives me and is the reason for developing my art-making. There are so many possibilities. I have always loved paper from being a small child and continue to use a lot in my work, combining it with fabrics, threads and other things.
My inspiration often comes from nature. I live in West Yorkshire looking over to the Pennines, and the landscape is both interesting and ever-changing. However, I am drawn to the smaller things around me. A camera is a constant companion with which to record and remember that which doesn’t find its way back to my studio!
I have displayed work as part of two textile groups over several years, and have been a demonstrator for the ‘Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts’ ICHF show in Manchester 2017 and National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 2018.
I am the founder member of ‘Hillstone Fibre Arts’ who had their first exhibition at Harrogate in May 2017.
I have had a couple of articles published in ‘threads.In-fusion’ e-mag and been interviewed for a creative magazine blog. I have recently self-published a small book about how to think through the different stages of creativity using examples from my own work.
I do hope you enjoy the blog – I have been writing for four years now and it has grown significantly over that time. I do try to keep a somewhat humorous perspective on life as I think we all need a bit of that, but it is also about sharing my love of making with you.