I am a textile artist, teacher and tutor from Cramlington. My inspiration primarily originates in Northumberland and Cumbia where I explore nature The splendour and beauty of wild flowers are my passion. I photograph the colours, patterns and textures. These are used to inform my textiles. The exploration of colour and texture is further developed through dyeing fabrics, threads and textured yarns. I combine colours using variegated dyeing techniques. French knots are my favourite way of adding texture within hand embroidery and are incorporated into many pieces of my work
Fragments of fabric and mixed media create the foundations for my embroidery; hand dyed fabrics are used to create the textures and hand dyed threads are embroidered into my work to add definition using both machine and hand embroidery.
The heart of my work is created from very small pieces that are joined together to create a rugged background texture. This represents how our lives are crammed with many things that we should bring together to enhance the quality of life.