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I trained in Embroidered Textiles at Loughborough University and now work from a studio at The Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, in Staunton Harold on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border. I exhibit, make work to sell in my studio and run several workshops each year.

My work is a mixture of free machine embroidery made on a trusty old Bernina sewing machine and hand stitching. I like to work onto natural fabrics, Silk, Linen and Cotton because of the way their surfaces reflect light. The tactile quality of the cloth is an important element in my work. I often use Cyanotype / Blueprint for my backgrounds. Beautiful deep cyan blues created by the strength of UV light make starting points for night skies and coastal pieces. The works are usually presented as wall hangings or mounted and framed.

My creative process is rooted in my love for nature. I work in sketch books, drawing directly from what I see around me, trees, hedges, birds, deer, sheep, the changing seasons, buildings and people. Using these sketches as a resource together with memory and imagination I create my embroidered stories.

Influences include: Boro Textiles, Folk Art, Seventeenth Century English Embroidery, Samplers, the paintings of Mary Newcombe and Samuel Palmer, Folk tales, Maps, Medieval carvings.

My work is held in private and public collections and has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Taiwan and the USA.  In 1994 I won the Best New Exhibitor Prize at the prestigious Chelsea Craft Fair and the Carroll Foundation Award. My work has been featured in numerous publications, including the cover of Embroidery Magazine and in Nina Edward’s book On the Button.   I have undertaken a wide range of commissions including pieces for Nieman Marcus, Habitat, P&O Cruise Ships and the Enjoy England Excellence Awards.