Hi, I’m Angela and I’m a textile artist. After 20 years in the NHS a move to the beautiful and creative county of Somerset in 2008 gave me the opportunity and space to make a career change. It started out as a bit of a hobby, 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’ve been experimenting on my sewing machine since 2009.
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.
My textile art combines my love of birds, painting and stitch. I have painted for many years and following a workshop with the wonderful Effie Galletly I realised I could combine my passions by creating art with fabric and thread – it is literally painting and drawing with thread.
I’m inspired by the world of birds and the stories of their lives. So many birds are under threat from the human world, I will sadly never run out of threatened birds to base stories and pictures on. My most recent works have been based around nature books I have read, these are totally inspiring and a great place to start research.
I have a husband, two girls and a Springer Spaniel. He appears in some photographs on the site because he’s my constant companion in the studio.
Below are a few photographs of my converted studio. Radio 4, coffee, a little chocolate and the company of my dog – there are few places better!