I am a textile and mixed media artist who combines fabric, paper and stitch. I enjoy dying and printing my own fabric and paper and work using both machine embroidery and hand stitching, building up textile collages and machine embroidered pictures and vessels.
Based in West Sussex, sources of inspiration include the natural environment, walking in the South Downs and local history. With a background in history of art and graphic design, I also enjoy referencing artists and historical design in my work. Sketchbooks, experimentation and making samples are an important part of my design process. I love colour and exploring the many ways it can be used as an expressive part of design.
I have worked as a qualified Adult Education Tutor since 2008 and in 2019 I took the decision to work independently, running workshops from my home studio in West Sussex, where I teach various courses in machine embroidery and textile art. It is my aim to encourage and facilitate others to embrace their creativity and learn new techniques in a supportive, nurturing and inspiring environment. I always teach in small groups and believe that being creative and learning new skills throughout life, is an essential part of personal fulfilment and well being.
As a practising Artist, I also bring my own experiences and artistic development to my classes. I seek to learn and modify new techniques, which I love to teach to others in a spirit of exploration and play. Teaching from my studio, I have easy access to all my samples and allow students to learn in a calm and inspiring environment. I am a member of the Society for Embroidered Work, the Textile Society and regularly sell and exhibit my work.
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1st – 17th March 2024 Ramster Embriodery and Textile Art Exhibition
A display of the finest embroidery and textile art by leading artists from across the country. Ramster Hall, Chiddingfold, Surrey GU8 4SN
October 2022 onwards
Examples of my work are now on permanent display in Shoreham Art Gallery alongside 20 other local Sussex Artists. Work is changed and updated regularly - please see www.shorehamgallery.co.uk for further details.
Horsham Artists Open Studio Arts Trail
11th - 19th June 2022
Steyning Arts Trail
28th May - 5th June 2022
Ramster Embroidery and Textile Art Exhibition, Ramster, Chiddingfold, Surrey GU8 4SN
5 - 20th March 2022
The Threadwinders, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester
7 - 18th Sept 2021
Worthing Open Exhibition, Norwood Gallery, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
22nd May - 4th July 2021
Member of Shoreham Art Gallery
Founding Member of The Threadwinders Textile Art Group
B.A. (Hons) History of Art 1994
HND Graphic Design (distinction) 1999
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-compulsory Art and Design) 2008
Foundation in Textiles 2017
Graphic designer for Kittiwake Developments Ltd (2000-2008) followed by teaching graphic design at degree level for Northbrook College in Worthing, then Quilting and Embroidery for Aspire Sussex Adult Education. Teaching workshops and courses on a freelance basis since 2019.