I am a textile artist-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 my primary area of work. Whilst my focus is the actual design of the fabric, the act of creating beautiful work is also satisfying. Building cloth from simple strands of yarn is not only intellectually and creatively demanding, but seductive and visceral. Whether I am sampling on a hand loom, dobby, or the jacquard, watching the cloth grow inch by inch is hugely rewarding.
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.