My specialism is Art Textiles and I have won awards for my Rockpool series nationally. I love the challenge of portraying the world through the medium of fabric and thread and find that I can create Art in this manner that I could do in no other way. I am fascinated with hand dying to achieve unique fabric and thread for use in my work and I use a mixture of natural and man made dyes. Randomness is something I enjoy and therefore I like to use techniques that have an element of uncertainty and surprise in my work. This translates well into my textiles and my other passion which is ceramics.
Colour is key in my work and in 2015 I won a Julie Caprara Award for Colour in the Embroiderers’ Guild national competition. I use this alongside texture to create tactile, semi-abstract work that uses fabric and thread to their full potential. Themes include everything from the natural world to the human body and my portfolio centres around things we are surrounded by in our every day lives. Having lived by the sea for the vast majority of my life I love the beach and water. It is not only the way it looks but the way it effects the area around it that fascinates me. This has led to investigations into use of found materials and sea water in my dyeing process and final pieces as well as providing visual stimuli for my work.
I work with galleries and for private and corporate commissions. I also exhibit with the ICHF and will be showing at the NEC, Eventcity, ExCel and the SEC in 2018. I teach and lecture from high school to university level and also work with groups such as the Quilters’ and Embroiderers’ Guilds.
My training began with a Btec in fashion and textiles and then continued into the study of fine art and history of art and material culture at DeMontfort University and continued with my passion for creativity working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer alongside my management career in the leisure industry until I chose to return to university and qualified as a teacher at Bangor University. Whilst head of department I chose to strengthen my knowledge and skills by undertaking an MA in Fine Art at Glyndwr University looking at engaging the public with Art.
For 5 years I have been running a community art and craft centre. The gallery, shop, workshop and studios were designed to give creative professionals a place where they can create, exhibit and, most importantly, sell their work. Over the more recent years our focus became how to extend our reach beyond the local area and we began teaching and exhibiting nationally and developing ways to help a wider scope of people gain access to art and craft. Our online shop launched in 2017 and we are constantly increasing our line of ‘workshops in a bag’ so that those who cannot get to us can still learn the skills they want to with our guidance. Last autumn the physical retail outlet closed it’s doors and now we focus on teaching from our purpose built studio in North Wales while having more time to spend on the design and development side of the business – and importantly getting some creating done!
I am mother to four and my family is a big influence in my work, often through collaborative practice with both my husband and my children. We are currently working on an art and science fusion resulting in the launch of our new fashion line and one off design service in Spring 2018.