Working from my studio in Scarborough, I am inspired and driven by a love of nature and the inherent essence of my surroundings. (I am lucky to live by the sea and in a beautiful part of the country.) In addition to this, I love the challenge of combining many and varied textile/art processes and techniques.
Originally a weave designer in the Automotive industry, after starting a family, I became self-employed and sidestepped into the world of felt making …….. (Although I also work as an artist and printmaker too.)
The word ‘felt’ brings with it a variety of reactions – some not so positive - so my main aim is to create sophisticated, quality products that defy their description and to alter the unfair perception that felt has to be brightly coloured, thick and unsophisticated! It is such a versatile medium.
Creating very fine felt, and incorporating my own fabric designs; at first glance my work is often mistaken for porcelain or ceramic. From a distance, my felt ‘pebbles’ are often thought to be real stones until they are picked up, resulting in amazed reactions of how lightweight they are! Or, ‘I wondered how you could use a rock as a pin cushion!!??’
My work continues to evolve, with new designs, colour ways and products.
Work can be bought in various galleries, shops, at contemporary craft and textile fairs, direct from my studio and online. (See Events and stockists.)