About

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.  

Past Exhibitions

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

Membership

Member of Society for Embroidered Work (SEW)

Member of The Textile Society 

Founding Member of The Threadwinders Textile Art Group

Member of Steyning Arts

Member of Horsham Artists

 

Education

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

 

Employment

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.

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woman walking in the South Downs