I have been working with textiles for as long as I can remember, having been taught hand embroidery, knitting, dress-making and soft furnishing by my mother and my favourite auntie.
During the “Changing Rooms” era I moved house and decided to learn how to do these ‘fancy effects”, so I undertook a City and Guilds Course in Interior Decorative Techniques at Llandrillo College. One of my tutors was also teaching Textile Art at West Cheshire College and having followed her there, I decided that this was where my interest really lay. I then completed an HNC in Stitched and Constructed Textiles and I was hooked!
These days my work is influenced by my personal experiences and the spectacular landscapes of the Vale of Clwyd where I live, exercise, and work. I find inspiration in words and often use poems, both my own and others, to begin the development process.
I have a passion to encourage others to enjoy the well-being benefits of textile art, and competed a PGCE to enable me to do this effectively. The courses I deliver cove a wide range of techniques and as I have quite a few regular attendees, I have to keep these fresh and interesting. This means I constantly research to find new techniques and ideas which consequently keeps my own work developing.
I have tried to find a specialism to focus on but I find there are far too many exciting techniques and materials which need investigating! Instead I tend to work on a particular theme for a while, using these different techniques to develop my ideas.
My most recent body of work focuses on my responses to loosing my father to Alzheimers over 26 years ago and my mother more recently to vascular dementia. It all began with images created in a poem I started to write 25 years ago and have only recently finished.
Covid-19 lockdown has made me focus more on our local area, and a body of work is developing based on the Clwydian Range and my time exercising in the hills and round our lanes.
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