I've had a passion for sewing from a young age, having been taught by my mother and grandmother. After specialising in print making for my art degree, I found myself working in the music industry in a creative product and production management role, taking a year out during that time to study interior design. After moving from London back to my home village of Blewbury, and the birth of my two children, I came full circle back to what I love - making beautiful things from beautiful fabrics.
The use of vintage textiles and stitch is central to my practice as an artist, not just for their aesthetics, but for how they connect with our lives and memories. Textiles can provoke an emotional response, and have an inherent history that makes transforming them into something new a meaningful process that satisfies my urge to preserve these fragments of times past, but in a contemporary way. As well as recycling something that likely would have been otherwise discarded, they give a resonance and sense of a past life to my new pieces.
I combine textiles with free-motion machine and hand embroidery to create boldly coloured collages. My love of nature and natural forms is the starting point for all my work, but my imagination is also sparked by the rich palette of colours, patterns, and textures found in the textiles I use, which include brocades, damasks, synthetic, and natural fibres.
Apart from deciding on a subject matter and doing some preparatory sketches, my work is largely unplanned. I rely on instinct, responding to the fabrics, building layers and colours, and letting the work progress at its own pace. The process of cutting, arranging, rearranging, and finally stitching it all together to form an evocative composition, is very pleasurable and absorbing. To counter my large scale collages I also love making smaller pieces with the focus on fine detail in hand embroidery.