My work revolves around my love of paper in all its forms, be it old, new, card or cardboard, books maps or boxes, and I allow my creativity to be taken along on its journey with this medium. I like to make my own books, usually based on a poem or rhyme. These are classed as Artists Books and can be as varied in form as ones imagination allows. My first such book was based on a poem I wrote about a holiday I had on the beaches near Gatehouse and is called ‘Time and Tide’. It tells the story of a day in the life of the beach. For another book I made a journal hidden inside ceramic scallop shells for your own stories and sketches, and also compiled books from replies from my ‘Truth, Lies and Secrets’ art project, (now based in the café here at the Mill). I also re-purpose old books by folding their pages into words; I make cards from the pages of damaged books by printing onto them; I use discarded ‘Yellow Pages’ directories to make colourful butterfly prints and use copies of beautiful old Bartholomew maps to make butterfly mandalas. The journey is as much a part of the process as the finished piece to me, and can take me off on many interesting tangents. One such journey led me to make my own ‘Raku’ ceramic firing kiln, another to buy an etching press for printmaking. I enjoy the creative process and the many challenges this brings and am delighted and enthused by learning different techniques.