After a career teaching Art and Design specialising in Textiles initially to adults and later to children with profound and multiple learning difficulties I am now setting up my own Textiles Studio using natural dyes combining Indigo,Rust and Botanical Print techniques.
In 2014 after travelling to Japan and South East Asia I was strongly influenced by Asian textiles and as a consequence decided to use Indigo on natural fabrics which now forms the basis for my work.
On returning to the UK I have continued to pursue this interest learning from Shibori artists and attending courses with other textile Artists including Jane Callender and Bryan Whitehead on a recent visit from Japan at West Dean College in Chichester.
I incorporate shibori and sashiko to further my ideas together with rust dyeing and more recently cyanotype all of which are influenced by my daily walks along the coastline of the Isle of Wight
I have been fortunate in the last two years to have been invited to participate in two residencies. Firstly at the Botanical Gardens in Ventnor where I developed eco print using the many varieties of Eucalyptus present in the Gardens. These have been exhibited both at the Gardens and at Quay Arts in Newport, Isle of Wight.
Secondly as part of the 'Threads Connect Ryde' project I have been co - Artist in Residence working to produce a community based Artwork combining indigo, rust and slow stitch using the most recent Ryde census.
My Studio is open by appointment to see work in progress, items for sale and to attend workshops.