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I returned to England in 2010 after living in France for several years where I taught myself many patchwork and quilting techniques through books,magazines and the internet. After entering a small piece in my village craft show, I was asked to exhibit at the Arts Centre in Ilminster and my first exhibition there lead to requests to teach and give talks throughout the South West. As the world of textile art and all its possibilities opened up before me, I have tried to maintain a link with traditional quilting whilst developing my own style and I always try to remain fresh and in love with the process of creation and not become a ‘production line’.
I have won several awards for my work and was recently invited to exhibit he first 4 pieces from my Evolution series as part of the prestigious Radiation Exhibition, launched in Geneva in April 2014 and going on to tour Europe as part of an initiative to promote links between science and the arts.
I am not working on a series as such at the moment but am calling my current body of work ‘The Overuse of Metaphor’ as a sort of anti-series, protesting against the kind of art which doesn’t stand alone without its back story. My aim is that my work is just pleasing to the eye on merit rather than being reliant on an extensive ‘story’ to go with it, although the pieces shown here do have titles and ‘meaning’ which the viewer may or may not choose to engage with.
My current style is rather abstract and is inspired by the natural world and everything within it! I use various fabric collage and improvisational piecing techniques applied directly onto quilter’s wadding and the resulting surface is then heavily top-stitched by hand and machine. I am not a great lover of surface printing or painting (partly because I don’t think I am very good at it!), preferring instead to use textiles and thread alone as my media. I use regular 100% cotton fabric, along with my own procion dyed fabric and found fabrics of all types where appropriate. Also I have recently started exploring rust printing and eco dyeing and the resulting fabrics will certainly feature in my future work.