My Background

Stitching has always been part of my life, from turning the handle on Gran’s sewing machine as a pre school child to the present day. I learned dressmaking, embroidery and crochet as a child.

A stitch centred career was not to be, however, I found myself in the legal profession, where at the very least I could stitch documents together with a form of Japanese Stab Binding. So my bookbinding journey began, as long ago as 1979!

Redundancy finally brought the ‘now or never’ 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. I continue to further my knowledge by participating in Workshops of a varied nature.

I’ve been a Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild for over 25 years, with work in Exhibitions on a Local, Region and National level, and enjoy very much the variety of Branch Meetings on offer.

I have been Exhibiting work for many years, as a solo artist, in collaboration with others and as part of various groups, including, since joining in June 2011, The Material Girls – a group of Textile Artists based on the borders of Essex/East London. The latter providing new opportunities and challenges not to be found elsewhere.


 See also Statement and CV