I've had a passion for fabrics and 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. Turning my love for sewing and textiles into a business seemed a natural step. I started Dawn Chorus Vintage in 2011, creating quality soft furnishings from vintage fabric. This soon developed into a passion for creating beautiful pieces of art, in the form of textile collages combining vintage fabrics and free-motion machine embroidery.
The first fabric collage I made was of my daughter Margot. I wanted to commission a piece of art to capture her at a very young age, but couldn't find anything that felt right, so set about creating one myself out of pieces of vintage fabric, using my sewing machine to "draw" in detail and definition. I immediately knew I'd found my calling! I've since been producing work on a commission basis, as well as for exhibition.