I am a textile and mixed media artist with 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 various disciplines 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. 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 materials to create layered and complex surfaces.
The natural world is my dominant source of inspiration. 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. I look up and around for a sense of wellbeing but look down and in to feed my artistic curiosity. 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, been interviewed for a creative magazine blog and have had an article in Maggie Grey’s WOW book. I have 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 several years now and it has grown significantly over that time, with over 400 followers from around the world. 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.