I studied as a Textile Designer and after graduating with a degree in Textiles & Surface Pattern I started to explore the re-use of materials to make them into a varied range of items; not only to make an ethical statement but also because the pieces I use have a history and charm.
Making things has always been important to me. It is a joy to hunt for pieces to use for my work. A vintage sugar bowl and scrap of an old blanket are used to make a pin cushion; silver teapots and cutlery are transformed into wind chimes. Antique little dolls are repaired and remade to treasure.
I use antique floral and worn fabrics. I re-use these very old, mostly French, quilts, faded 19th Century French fabrics, antique lace, old and worn fabric and make them into small Art Quilts, cards and other items. The fabrics that I use often have signs of past use with repairs and holes and are fragile and frayed.
By re-using material for my work, I want to celebrate the original makers whose skills are dying out, and to show the beauty that these worn pieces and fabric or lace fragments still possess.