Since I was very young I've wanted to make things from fabric and threads.
I trained in Textiles at Bath in the seventies and for a while followed the fashion of the times for hairy weavings
in muted colours. Eventually, in the mid-eighties, I found time to explore embroidery and Colour.
It's astonishing to me that it took me so long
as all my textiles work since then has been inspired primarily by the never-ending possibilities of colour.
Having started by making framed embroidered pictures, since the mid-nineties my focus has been on wallhangings,
influenced equally by the textiles of the East and the natural world. My fish, birds, lizards and flowers are
represented in rich colour blends by silk-painting, appliqué, machine and hand embroidery, beads, sequins and metallic threads.
Each piece is finished with hanging ceramic pieces or beads or tassels.
More recently I've also been making silk "canvasses" where machine embroidery is added to the painted silk,
which is then mounted on a silk dupion backing and a frame.
With the canvasses I have found myself returning to some of my original themes of plants and landscapes.
Many of my hangings and canvasses are reproduced as photographic greetings cards.
I also make several ranges of silk-painted cards where I can indulge in a little frivolity and humour, painting birds with wacky hairstyles and cats and pigs in greens and purples.
More recently fridge magnet cards have been added to the range.