Originally from Portsmouth, I trained as a microbiologist but after completing my doctorate in microbiology I decided to retire and concentrate on my love of textiles. From an early age I was knitting and stitching and still have many of the pieces I made as a child. I hold City and Guilds Parts l and ll in creative embroidery and followed this with a diploma in stitched textiles at East Berkshire College, Windsor.
During my City and Guilds courses, I was introduced to papermaking and this remains a special interest to me. Paper appears in much of my work as well as other media such as plastics, recycled fabrics and found objects. I use both hand and machine embroidery. Much of my work is transitory, evolving from responses to situations and experiences. I have been lucky enough to travel widely, absorbing colours and textures from all the places I have visited. This inspiration has lead to most of my work containing vibrant colours.
I continue to be stimulated by new techniques, and rarely focus on one method in my work, leading to innovative pieces that stretch perceived boundaries in textile art. My latest enthusiasm is for printing directly on to fabric from my computer, a technique I learnt whilst completing a City and Guilds qualification in computer imagery.
I have a wide range of interests, including volunteering at a local museum and church recording for The Arts Society. I am a member Embroiderers' Guild. Although I consider myself as a contemporary textile artist, I also have a great interest in historical embroidery and its conservation, and I'm sure I will develop this interest further in the future.
I am currently writing a series of books to be published by Search Press based on the Embroiderers' Guild collection.