WHAT I DO AND WHY I DO IT.....
I can't remember a time when I didn't sew. paint, draw and make things. I can remember at a young age - perhaps eight years old, wall-papering the coal shed. I then moved on to making outfits for 'Action Man' for my brother Rory. I loved the pile of 'Pins and Needles' magazines at my Gran's house. In fact, I taught myself machine sewing on her hand sewing machine, which would be a challenge, even now!
So, .... I then was fortunate enough to study art - painting and education at Goldsmiths’ College, London and gained an M.A. and B.ED. Since then and while working in schools and colleges, I have developed a passion and fascination with textiles. I also continued to paint.
I like to think that the finished pieces that I now make, can be interpreted at various levels. I want them to initially be joyful and inspiring pieces - sometimes with humour - but there is often a deeper message.
I continue to work with children and adults in a variety of settings - encouraging confidence, as well as building up skills. I have taught textiles courses to examination levels.
I think that the ‘joy of expression’ is something to share with others. It’s a true respite from the busy and news-drenched lives that we live.
Part of sharing is exhibiting and meeting with others of like mind. These are the groups that I have recently enjoyed this with:
'VISUAL MARKS' EXHIBITION GROUP
CONTEMPORARY QUILT GOUP WITHIN THE QUILTERS GUILD OF THE UK.