I am a mixed-media textile artist with a real passion for cloth and thread, journalling and eco-dyeing.
I've been designing and creating individual handmade pieces for many years now.
I love to concentrate on textures, layering of fabrics, adding surface stitching, embellishing with found objects, drawing and shading with silks with a variety of traditional sewing and mixed media techniques thrown in for good measure.
I love to tell a story in each and every piece I design and make, using the cloth as my foundation and leaving the threads to tell the rest of the tale...
Slow stitching particularly makes my little 'ol Fen heart sing... taking time out to 'simply be' with any design is so therapeutic and calms my meandering creative soul.
I am surrounded by inspiration every day and regularly add all the lovely pockets of joy I find in my Daydream Journals.
Each one eventually turns into a complete novel by itself...
I love capturing the beauty of the very ordinary snippets of life through my photography, poetry and doodling which have a huge influence on my textile work.
Mother Earth is always on hand, waiting in the wings, to offer me some daily gossip and gentle delights for a design.... colour combinations, patterns, textures and shapes; they all help to add a rich depth of flavour to my work.
I am especially inspired by the wild beauty of the Cambridgeshire Fens; the flora and fauna, the rich tapestry of the Fenland heritage and the woven threads of belonging to such an ancient landscape.
I also adore different forms of language; beautiful sayings, phrases, poetry and old 'lost words'. These are added into my many stitched collages
My real passion is for treasuring those vintage beauties such as old linens, faded embroideries, vintage fabrics and treasured found objects.
For me they all hold a story to our forgotten past.
I love being able to breathe new life into something old and pre-loved and watching it turn into something gorgeously beautiful again....
My heart always wanders towards the tattered unloved boxes of linen left under a table in a charity shop or at the end of a stall at an Antique Fair, wondering what the story is behind each piece and thinking of ways to add them in my designs to capture their own social stories.
In addition to my design work and commissions I teach a wide variety of craft workshops in venues around the UK, showcasing many of the traditional skills of sewing, patchwork and slow stitching alongside various techniques in textile art, journalling, eco-dyeing and mixed media.
I recently hosted a textile tour in January 2020 in Jaipur with the lovely guys from The Craft Travel Company which I absolutely adored!!! Our next tour will be in Feb 2022.
I am a TV Guest Presenter on Hochanda TV offering a range of my own designs, sewing kits and some wonderful inspiration boxes.
As well as a writer of magazine articles, tutorials and online step-by-step tuition, I am very proud to say I an also an ambassador for the following companies -
Search Press Books www.searchpress.com
ICHF Events www.ichfevents.co.uk
My first book 'Stitched Memories' with Search Press, launched in July 2018 and very quickly sold out in the UK becoming one of their top ten publications in 2018 and 2019. It has since been reprinted and continues to be one of their best sellers!...
As you can guess I am super excited about that!
My second book Daydream Journals will be launching Aug 2021and pre-orders can be purchased from Search Press
Thanks for reading all the way to the end!
Gentle Blessings from me to you....