I am a textile and embroidery artist creating botanical sculptures, treasures and decorations. I use deadstock silks and quality eco-friendly materials as much as possible. Inspired by the countryside where I live, I work with the seasons, and influenced by antique botanical illustrations.
My love of textiles and craft started 2 generations ago.
My Grandmother lived in London in the 1930's and knitted for Harrods, then went on to design knitting and crochet patterns.
My Mother took to the folk arts in the 1970's and my early childhood was a heady mix of folk music and hand embroidery. (Yes I do believe my Mother embroidered my underwear at one point... Well it was the 70's!)
Inspiration took hold of me when I was a fine art student and I was given an old 1920's hand cranked Jones Sewing Machine. This beast was slow, but boy could it sew!
So, self taught, I launched myself into designing handmade vintage reproduction clothing, selling in a bricks and mortar shop as well as online...
...then along came my daughter! So I replaced the sewing machine for a few years for a crochet hook and an obsession with yarn. And recalling my Grandmother's knitting and crochet lessons when I was 7 years old, I started to make botanically inspired crochet garlands.
But the sewing machine called me back. This time armed with an embroidery foot, I began to create silk and thread flowers.
I am ever evolving my art to see where it will take me. And forever finding inspiration in the countryside that surrounds me.