My love of all things fabric and stitch related comes from a childhood spent in the sewing room with my mum. As a result I have been designing, dressmaking and embroidering for as long as I can remember. Now I like to think of myself as a fabric artist as this fits well with my chosen techniques.
I completed my HND and BA Hons in Fashion and Textile Design in the UK during this time I developed my love of machine embroidery and continued over the years to experiment whenever I could.
In the Summer of 2005 I completed my City & Guilds Level 3 Machine Embroidery Course which helped me to take my ‘playing’ and ‘experimenting’ to a higher level. Shortly after completing my City and Guilds I moved from the UK to Vancouver, Canada, where I am continuing to develop my design work and creativity, whilst finding new and abundant sources of inspiration.
I am a purist when it comes to my art work. I design and create all my own patterns and everything must include some form of embroidery. I take a lot of photographs which I often refer to for inspiration.
I am stimulated and inspired by my environment, people, cultures, travels, textures and fabrics. All of which I fuse together to create and develop my own style of stitching and art. I like to experiment with unusual materials, pushing the boundaries of design, my imagination, and of course my sewing machine!
As a member of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts and North Shore Needle Arts guild (President from 2008-2010), I keep in touch with current products, artists and issues in the fibre world. I have taken part in public stitch ins and have helped design, managed and contributed to two major group projects, one which has been donated to the district for permanent public display.
In 2012 I was interviewed for World of Threads. You can read my interview here
In 2014 I was interviewed by Made in Magazine. You can read my interview here