My work is inspired by the world of birds, their beauty, stories and battles for survival.
So many birds are under threat due to the increasing human impact on the planet. I will sadly never run out of threatened birds to base work on.
I absolutely love the process of creating these pieces, the story of each bird draws me in and consumes me for a time. The journey is continuous as each piece teaches me something new or gives me inspiration for the next project
My textile art combines my love of birds, painting and stitch. I painted when I was younger, but life got in the way of any creativity for a time. After 20 years in the NHS and a move to Somerset I discovered the world of art quilts. I realised I could combine my newly found love of fabrics with my longstanding need to create.
I create these pieces after much research, layering and painting fabrics and then, using a sewing machine ‘paint’ the details with thread a technique called free-motion embroidery.
I bought my first ever sewing machine in 2009 and I made large quilts for everyone in my family (whether they wanted one or not!), my points rarely met and I started to look for a new challenge. I attended lots of courses and discovered the world of art quilts. I have always loved art, water colours mainly but enjoyed creating and experimenting in any form.
I moved from the kitchen table to my beloved studio, a small converted milking parlour in 2012. After a few cold, damp winters my husband fitted a wood burner and a new floor and I’ve never looked back.
Being a textile artist is now my full time occupation, I love creating these pictures. I hope you enjoy my work and will join me as, day-by-day and step-by-step, I aim to improve my skills and work. The journey is continuous as each piece teaches me something new or gives me ideas for the next project and I’d love to hear your comments.
Below is a photograph of my converted workshop. Radio 4, coffee, a little chocolate and the company of my dog – there are few places better!