I’m a Norfolk based textile artist inspired by my native coastlines and countryside. I trained in embroidery at Cumbria College of Art & Design in 1990, following a passion for art throughout my childhood. I’d made things from an early age and been nic-named ’fiddle -fingers’ as I was always creating, keeping busy, and could never sit still! My father used to come home at weekends with an array of camera tape, the colours of the rainbow, and they were my first materials at my fingertips. The obvious path was for me to follow a creative career and I discovered textiles at art school as a means of incorporating texture and my big passion, colour.
My style is very distinctive and I use a self developed technique of layering up sheer backgrounds and hand dyed printed cottons, combined with free motion machine embroidery to create landscapes and other imagery. I leave the fabric edges raw and frayed and more recently have been interested in creating three dimensional forms. The overall effect looks ethereal and my medium is sometimes confused with watercolour, when viewed from a distance. My artwork is a little whimsical and nostalgic which makes people smile and reminds them of their holidays, which can’t be a bad thing!
I initially set up my business with a grant from the Princes Trust and started selling my work through exhibitions and trade shows. Over the years the business grew and I moved to London and exhibited at trade shows there and with the Crafts Council in New York and San Francisco.