I am a textile artist, craftsperson and designer based in the Midlands.
Having intended to specialise in printed textiles, I found myself inexorably and surprisingly drawn towards weave. I found this to be challenging but utterly compelling and it has become, almost exclusively, my area of work. Both the actual design of textile (be it product or art), and the supremely satisfying craft involved in creating my work, it is always fascinating. Building cloth from simple strands of yarn is not only intellectually and creatively demanding, but seductive and visceral. Whether I am testing ideas on a hand loom, or watching the cloth grow inch by inch on a jacquard, it is all hugely rewarding.
As a hand-weaver I seek to create unique pieces. These may be textile art, bespoke fabrics, or ‘new heritage’ items and precious personal textiles to cherish. I enjoy weaving bespoke pieces – hangings and pictures, throws, shawls, scarves and lengths of cloth.
With an MA in Fashion and Textiles from the University of Derby, my qualifications include a BA degree from Loughborough University, Prince2 practitioner qualification and ILM level 5 award. Previously I have printed, painted and embellished silk for the bespoke market and produced silk products for retail.
I have also worked for a number of charities both supporting volunteers and directly helping young people, children, families and individual adults. This included supporting people with drug and alcohol issues, ex-offenders and women and children escaping domestic abuse.