the story so far
After a successful career as a graphic designer/art director spanning over 20 years, in 2010 I embarked upon a new career path in textiles, following my passion to ‘make’. After studying C&G’s Machine Embroidery and Innovative Textiles, I designed and produced a small range of textile art kits whilst working as a sales consultant and demonstrator of sewing machines. My kits emerged from being invited to write for Stitch, The Embroiderers' Guild magazine.
With a love of texture, much of my textile artwork involves layering; a mix of soft appliqued fabrics, free motion embroidery, hand embroidery and quite often paint and dye too. In recent years patchwork and quilting techniques have been present in my work as I love the feel of something quilted and are naturally drawn to the geometric patterns of patchwork.
In Spring 2016, I was invited to test a new innovative quilting foot, which I was hugely inspired by.
Since its launch in the UK that same year, it has rather taken over my life, in a good way I might add. I am a huge advocate and now proudly, one of only three Westalee Design Accredited Tutors and Demonstrators in the UK.
Teaching is big part of what I do. I have a passion to share my love of stitch and design and love meeting and interacting with like-minded people. I run a range of workshops both in creative textiles and patchwork and quilting, locally in the West Midlands, as well as further afield.
During the summer of 2016, I was invited to meet with a team of people working to launch a new tv channel completely dedicated to sewing. In all honesty I have a dislike of cameras but was somehow persuaded to give live tv a go! Sewing Quarter launched in January 2017 and has been growing in success and popularity ever since. I'm proud to have been one of the original guest designers contributing to its success and although I still don't like the camera, I enjoy reaching the huge community that has developed since its launch.
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