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 dominant 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 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 currently travel nationwide offering a range of workshops in ruler work quilting for all skill levels.
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 prefer people to cameras but was somehow persuaded to give live tv a go! Sewing Quarter launched in January 2017 and was hugely successful for a couple of years until sadly folding in late 2019. I'm proud to have been one of the original guest designers contributing to its success and popularity in it's early years. Although I'm still not a huge fan of the camera, I enjoy reaching the huge community that continue to follow my work on other channels such as Natasha Makes and Hochanda.
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