“Professional textiles teacher and artist with many years experience of making quality textile products and artwork”
I have always had a yearning to use my creative skills to work for myself but it was very difficult to find the time needed to make a substantial start whilst working as a full-time teacher. However, having recently retired from working in secondary schools, the opportunity to really take this dream further has now come about!
I confess that I am a bit of a fabric hoarder and hate to see anything go to waste. No matter how small the fabric remnant, trim or thread, I will make sure I find a use for it. Whatever materials are used, all of my products are made to perfection and I take pride in the high standard of my work. I am constantly experimenting and expanding my knowledge base by researching other artists and trying out new techniques.
My products are made from a wide variety of materials. For the most part they are textile based, but the addition of other components may creep in from time to time if the need arises. Smaller pieces of fabric are used for patchwork or applique.
I think I have always had the need to collect pieces of fabric, right back to the time when I was first introduced to my grandmothers old Singer sewing machine as a young child, accompanied by a bag of fabric remnants which became my dressing up bag. I began making my own clothes properly at the age of 11 when I discovered commercial sewing patterns at senior school, and was a great fan of the bargain bucket when Laura Ashley opened up in Bath back in the 70s where my friend and I could buy lovely fashionable cotton fabric for just 25p a yard (yes - a yard in those days!). At last I could have fashionable clothes rather than hand-me-downs! And they were always well made!
I still prefer to look for bargain fabrics which can be re-used and made into something else. I love to trawl around local charity shops looking for cottons, linens and silks that can be re-dyed and used again.
I am also a Textile Artist and draw my inspiration from the world around me, particularly the Cotswold countryside where I currently live, and the beautiful architecture of Bath where I grew up and is still my home town. My textile artwork is available to purchase as Limited Edition prints, mounted or unmounted, from my website and Etsy Shop.
I am lucky to have a large attic workshop with beautiful views over the Cotswold countryside which is a great inspiration for my work. I have a wide range of products for sale but I am also very happy to discuss personal commissions. Please visit my Website to buy a product, or to discuss a request for a commission.
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