I am an embroiderer and mixed media textile artist working with free machine embroidery, using my sewing machine as a tool for drawing.
I work on a variety of different surfaces, using many layers of transparent fabrics to develop interesting fabrics. I also work with backgrounds of collaged fabrics and papers, often recycled, which I then paint and dye.
I work in sketchbooks, sampling, drawing and exploring ideas. I have recently been working with ideas based on rocks, stones and lichens, exploring their textures and colours.
I make embroidered pictures and smaller pieces including textile jewellery and covered notebooks. I also make vases/ vessels with fabrics and stitch, exploring transparency on a glass form.
My aim is to produce work that is interesting, intriguing and reminiscent of places, this may be semi-abstract and partly of my own feelings and responses to a place.
My influences are from the natural world, landscape and environment. The beauty and freedom of the wild open spaces I love to walk in. Location is a very important part of my work; the feeling of a place. Sometimes it may be very small details that I use in my work, sometimes a larger view.
Landscapes based on the edge of the sea, particularly rocky or pebbled shorelines:-
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Some examples of my covered notebooks and sketchbooks:-
Examples of vases and vessels:-