Over the years I have experimented with the textures and patterns that can be created with yarns, fabrics and stitch. I wind, twist, knit, weave and
sculpt yarn, combining hand dyed boucle wool and fleece with fine and slub silks and cotton. I fold, crumple, cut, tear, print on and layer silks, muslin, organza, chiffon, net, linen and cotton to build up areas of colour. I use simple hand and machine stitching to attach materials and to highlight and embellish. I revel in the possibilities and unpredictability of working in this dynamic way, as it enables me to manipulate, explore and create new effects. It is light years away from the predictability of mathematics!
What I do and why
Natural organic forms inspire me: skeletons of trees and leaves, field patterns, the sparkle on water, shadows on mountains or sea foam on sand.
I am also attracted to geometric patterns and designs and man made structures, such as forms of paving, and stone walls. My love of mathematics means that Celtic knots and Islamic tiles are an ongoing inspiration.For years I have collected hand dyed yarns, fleece, cotton and flax, oddments of wood and beads as well as preloved scarves and offcuts of hand printed cottons, linens, silks, ribbon and braiding. I love their colour and feel, and enjoy turning that which would ordinarily be discarded into something I consider beautiful.
Playing with yarns and stitches, sorting and matching colours, and experimenting with textures has fed my creative spirit.
The use of slow hand-stitching has added an important meditative quality to my practice. As part of my ongoing learning as an artist, I reflect on my choices of design, stitch and fabric, and always seek new and interesting effects.
I hope you derive some pleasure from looking at my textile art.
Exhibitions & Events
2023 Emmanuel’s Yard, Trowbridge, Hope Springs Exhibition
2022 The Black Swan Gallery, Frome, Clothroad Artists Exhibition
2022 Marden House, Calne, Calne Arts Festival Exhibition
2022 Cassia Avonworks, Bradford on Avon, Clothroad Arts Week Exhibition
2022 Clothroaarts week exhibitionin Cassia Avonworks,Bradford onAvon
2022 WEFT, West of England Festival of Textiles,Trowbridge Museum
2021 The Pound Corsham - The Pound Open Exhibition
2021 Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge - M & M: a joint exhibition with Malcolm Ward
2021 Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge - CollArt: a joint exhibition with Jessica Wilker
2020 Black Swan Gallery, Frome - Exhibition of Small and Affordable Art
2020 Town Hall, Trowbridge - Exhibition of locally made art created during lockdown
2019 Devizes Museum, Devizes - Exhibition of Cloth Road Artists
2017 Bradford on Avon - Artists Open Studio Exhibition
2015 Bradford on Avon - Artists Open Studio Exhibition