I'm a textile artist and I live in Falmouth, Cornwall with my husband Graeme. We live five minutes from the beach and I get a lot of my inspiration from the sea and beautiful countryside around us. I studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in Bromley for my degree in Textiles and History of Art. Over the years I have found that what I enjoy most is dyeing fabric and using it in appliqued designs.
I have taught textiles and quilting for many years, both in Adult Education where I taught City and Guilds Creative Studies in Patchwork and Quilting, Embroidery and Dressmaking and Design, and in classes which I have arranged myself. As well as teaching in England I have also taught in America, France and Holland. I have turned my hand to many things but as I have already mentioned what I enjoy doing most of all is dyeing!
We are having great fun expanding the business to include ready to make kits using a variety of fabrics including hand-dyed cotton. Dyeing continues to be my main focus of interest and I have also found a lot of enjoyment in fabric painting and colouring with fabric pens, oil pastels and wax paintstiks. My husband Graeme is getting very involved in this aspect of the business and is encouraging me to do more.
I am running a weekly patchwork class which is great fun and I try and include as many techniques as I can so that the students get a broad range of things to try in their own work. This year we are doing a miscellany of ideas which include patchwork blocks and applique using quick methods. I shall continue to think of creative ways of using fabric with beads and embroidery and using the sewing machine to its best advantage. The only problem is that there is never enough time!