From a very early age I created, and tinkered with fabric and fibre. My dream was to be a Fine Artist, but at the time paint was not for me. I specialised in textiles at Teacher Training college, and then achieved a distinction in HNC Textiles.
Water! I was raised next to the sea on a beautiful mountain in Pembrokeshire, and found peace by it during my ten years in Cornwall. Now living in Horsforth, Leeds, many waterways are never too far away from my vision and inspire me still, along with the rolling moors and dales.
There are many techniques I bring in to my textile work – sewing/stitch, dyeing, batik, printing, knitting, quilting, appliqué, patchwork, felting (wet and dry), crochet, beading, embellishing with wire, weaving, binding, wrapping, and so on, it’s almost endless and, allied with the use of colour and imagination, the combinations are what bring a piece to life and excite me.
It’s all about the creative process and my connection with it. Creativity is inspired – it is breathed in. Some days the desire to create is overwhelming, and others it’s about showing up, asking for guidance and then just following it. There comes a moment when a piece of work speaks to you and the “work” moves to flow.
Very simply, textures excite me. I prefer to work with natural fibres, as they have a life of their own and can lead a piece of work with their own energy.
The need for flexibility is strong – I like to develop a piece with stitch, or to create in three dimensions. It thrills me to create a piece of beauty and watch it come to life.
I find my truth in textile art.
It heals me.
It is my authentic self
where I lose myself, completely,
and it is ever changing.