I love making framed textiles using a combination of hand and machine embroidery inspired by a variety of things, but I am especially interested in birds.
I am drawn to hand embroidery and also love experimenting with colour. During the last year I have been busy preparing work for an Exhibition at Abingdon Museum looking at Museum artefacts and creating textiles inspired by these artefacts. This has involved detailed research and visits to the Museum including a visit to the Oxfordshire Museum Store at Standlake. Due to the Covid-19 virus the exhibition has been postponed until the Spring 2021, but this is enabling me to develop the work further.
Recently I have also been considering how to develop my birds and have done a number of individual studies of birds hand stitched in blues on a white textured background.
I am interested in discovering more about colour and dyeing and have gone on a number of extended courses to learn more. Additionally I have undertaken some painting courses and am due to go to Scotland later this Summer to do a weeks course on ‘Vessels’ which I am looking forward to, if it goes ahead. The last two summers I have also undertaken a week’s silver smithing course at Oxford Summer School, which I have enjoyed enormously.
The most important things to me with my work is to bring a freshness and a joyfulness to my pieces and to be constantly experimenting.