I have been a maker since learning to knit aged six. Creating tangible and largely useful work has been important to me.
A friend’s chance remark about patchwork and quilting in 1998 inspired my first quilt out of curtain fabric scraps, with thick batting and dreadful stitching. I was hooked and attending workshops enabled me to learn new techniques and improve my skills.
In 2010 I found a new direction on a year long course with Bren Boardman. I learnt to create my own fabrics with dye, print and batik and this led to a different way of working – free, expressive and experimental. Working in series, I concentrate on a theme or technique to see how far I can take it. This has included monochromatic work, digital imagery and painted fabric.
The challenge of embracing new techniques and exploring unknown materials, which can be dyed, printed, manipulated, burnt and stitched, is exciting. I like to create fabrics in vibrant colours and over-print them with my own designs. Conversely, the discipline of monochrome enabled me to explore an idea, the rhythm of line, in some depth. Sheer fabrics are layered, new textures created by burning, paper and fabric are torn freehand and the results are used to influence the work, sometimes in an unforeseen way.
I have used photographs in recent work, manipulating pictures digitally then printing them on textile, sometimes in layers with sheer fabrics and other times using the photograph as a pattern for stitch.