A brief biography...
Born in Leicester (England), I grew up in an environment where art was always a part of my life as both my mother and grandmother painted. The love of colour and creativity remained with me, although I originally pursued a scientific career, obtaining a degree in biology. Over the years I took several evening classes in life drawing, painting and ceramics. I stayed home to raise our children and spent my creative energies on designing and making childrenswear for several years.
Whilst I raised a family, I decided to return to formal study and took a Scottish Higher in art at James Watt College, Greenock. After this I was accepted onto a one year Portfolio course at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. I then continued my studies in the design field, taking a two year H.N.D. in Stitched Textile and Fashion at Cardonald College Glasgow, completed in 2003. Throughout these courses, drawing in all its forms was emphasised and my horizons for experimenting with many different media widened.
In 2003, I followed my husband to North Carolina where his work commitments had taken him. Here I found the time to work on experimenting with textile, photography and painting. Through the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh and the Fine Arts League of Cary I had the opportunity to exhibit in several group shows and was represented by the Michael Lecher Gallery,Cary NC.
In 2006 we returned to Scotland to live and I worked from my home studio in Kilmacolm. Being part of the Clyde Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild brought wonderful woolly people into my life and I was fortunate to learn many new skills from them. Several galleries in the west of Scotland continue to stock and sell my work (see stockist list).
In December 2014 we relocated to Petersfield, Hampshire, where I continue to work on woolly themes as well as selling through my website shop. I am a member of the Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society and also the International Feltmakers Association.
Articles and special features
Nov/Dec 2016 Featured artist article in Hampshire Life magazine
Spring 2016 Artist feature in 'Life in Petersfield'
November 2015 SelectAMaker special Feature
Autumn 2015 ukhandmade 'A celebration of Wool' - a learning experience
Autumn 2011 World of Wool Featured artist