Artist Statement

I have stitched and created all my life, I cannot remember a time when this was not so.

Circumstances meant I had a "proper job" - mostly in the legal profession, where at the very least I could stitch documents together with a form of Japanese Stab Binding.

On reflection, this informed my love of making books, also the beginnings of fascination with paper, as I regularly used specialist papers.

Redundancy finally brought the opportunity to take up formal creative studies via City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Parts 1 and 2. This sparked an interest in paper, so I added to my learning with a City & Guilds and an Advanced qualification in Paperart. Later also adding a qualification in teaching.

Check out my blog and you will find the back story to these studies, via the Qualifications page.

Whilst I enjoy many textile/mixed media techniques, and have a wide knowledge, it's paper which fascinates. It has many qualities similar to fabric, comes in many varieties, but presents its own challenges to use in combination with textile techniques.

My style is abstract, often materials lead, responding to and exploring the challenges of working with particular elements. Inspiration is varied, from the pursuit of a theme, such as beach huts, maps and hearts or via the topics proposed by the textile group and organisations I belong to.

Since 2000 I have been the Branch IT Representative for my local Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild (I've also been the Programme Secretary and Secretary in the past).  For three years (2011/14) I acted as the Website Manager of the Eastern Region Textile Forum, taking the organisation forward with a new web site.

In June 2011 I joined the textile group: The Material Girls.  I see this as providing me with new challenges - working with others - working to a theme - and extending my textile community in another geographical direction.

I have much to explore in the use of paper in my mixed media/textile art, and this is the challenge for the future.