My interest in materials probably grew from my family background. Mum loved to sew when I was young and she bought metres of multi-coloured and textured fabric which filled our loft. I use some of these fabrics in my work. Dad has a great interest in wood and both encouraged me to be creative with materials from an early age.
During ten years teaching secondary Art and Design, inspiration was channeled through my students, whilst my mind was running riot with creative ideas. I now have the opportunity to explore some of them.
My work is textile in spirit .Using both traditional and digital techniques I decorate the surface of my handmade tiles with a combination of drawings, textile samples, found papers and glazes. I often add wire, fabric or thread for contrast in surface texture.
I now live near Wirksworth, where the stunning views inspire me on a daily basis. I use the local landscape as a starting point, often combining or contrasting it with my own emotional and abstract responses to everyday experiences.
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