Nov - Dec 2018 ‘Winter Collection’ Exhibition,
Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville
Sept 2018 - June 2019 Red Dot Mini Print Touring Exhibition (various venues see Upcoming Events page for details)
2018 June-August Happenstance Printmakers Exhibition, Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow
2018 March Contemporary Textiles Fair, Teddington
2017 September Herts Open Studios
(at my studio in Buntingford)
2017 February Returned to Glory, Berkhamsted
2016 December Christmas Selling Exhibition Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow
2016 September Hertfordshire Open Studios Exhibition - Mudlarks Café, Hertford
2016 July/September 'Summer' Exhibition Obsidian Gallery,
2016 March/April 'Words' Exhibition
Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Mandeville
2015 September Hertfordshire Open Studios
2015 June Discovery Exhibition
Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted
2014 September Hertfordshire Open Studios
2012 Studio One Group Exhibition 'Washed Up & Washed Out' Thaxted Guildhall
2011 Sewing for Pleasure Exhibition Group Exhibit with Studio One, NEC Birmingham
2010 Studio One Group Exhibition 'A Shore Thing',
I am an artist and maker based in rural Hertfordshire. I work from my home studio at the bottom of my garden and enjoy creating fine art textile pieces, wall hangings, home decorations and personal accessories. I use a number of different techniques including hand and machine embroidery, printing techniques, and photography. I combine them to produce colourful and quirky pieces. I originally trained as a musician, gaining a BA (Hons) in Music at Bretton Hall College (near Leeds), and went on to work for BBC Radio 3 for a number of years in various departments. I then freelanced in the graphic design industry for a few years.
I have always, for as long as I can remember, enjoyed making things. Early visits to see my Gran involved learning to knit, ironing on blue embroidery transfers onto fabric and sewing them in thread and having a go on her old hand-operated Singer sewing machine. I have attended various short courses over the years in machine embroidery, wet felt making landscape photography, ceramics but more importantly, I love experimenting on my own with a room full of 'bits' and a head full of ideas armed with a technical knowledge gleaned from books and the internet and hours of practice. My work is inspired mainly by nature the shapes and forms found all around; in the plants in my garden, a walk in the countryside, a trip abroad, the affects of different kinds of weather on the landscape. I tend not to work with direct references, but instead use the memories and emotions associated with the patterns, colours and textures. I also teach workshops from my studio in Buntingford covering a number of techniques (for details see my Workshops page).
Purchasing/Commissioning my Work
I have a growing collection of work in my online Store. I also sell my work through Galleries, online (Etsy), local Fairs and Exhibitions. I enjoy working to commission – making something completely new, or something from my existing portfolio. You can always contact me to arrange an appointment to visit me in my studio.
For more details of events that I will be attending, see my Upcoming Events page. If you would like to discuss a commission or would like more information on any aspect of my work, please use the form on the Contact page to get in touch.
I am pleased to announce that I have recently been accepted as a member of the new Society for Embroidered Work (SEW)