Mission Statement

‘artistry with textiles, originality with print, re-imagining fabric and image’

 

I am a printmaker, inspired by the world around me especially the hidden and sometimes overlooked beauty of the small, or hidden or overlooked. I also love fabric, the feel and heft of textiles especially natural fibres, wool, cotton and silk. I am thinking (like so many of us now) about how we make ensure that we do not waste textiles or use or spoil too much of the earth’s resources in acquiring them. I work with others to make the beautiful and useful from wonderful fabrics that cannot be used for whole garments or large accessories. Our fabrics come from tailors, milliners, dressmakers and direct from fabric mills as well as those remnants you see bundled together in remnant holders.

I was first interested in textile art and came to printmaking to enable me to work with cloth more personally by printing my own designs. I started to learn printmaking at Gainsborough’s House regularly attending Annabel Ridleys’s annual photo screen printmaking course in the summer. I went on to do a Certificate in Printmaking at the Curwen Studio, short courses at Central St Martin’s and others at Gainsborough’s House.  I have a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at West Dean and focusing again on textiles and printmaking ideas. 

My work is inspired by the natural world and its intersection with our internal lives, the sustaining qualities of beauty. I am moved by the idea of pilgrimage, and change that comes with a journey.  I love to layer print and fabric and thread and have begun to mix hand-printed paper and fabric. I am beginning to explore collage. My first loves are photoscreen printing and monotype.  I worked with textiles and wood on Michael Brennand-Wood’s course and The Enchanted Forest, a three dimensional piece in wood and textile,  is the result of this. 

I exhibit with the Gainsborough print group at their biannual shows and others most recently at the Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare. I am a member of the Colchester Arts Society and have exhibited at the CAS 70 Anniversary Exhibition in 2016 and others. I have a solo exhibition at the Exchange Gallery Saffron Walden (2016 and 2018), and the Oxmarket Centre for the Arts, Chichester (2016, 17 and18) with Will Dyke printmaking. I am currently exhibiting at the Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden. My prints are in private collections both in the UK and abroad. 

I am now working on sustainable materials for use in everyday life, adding an elegant dimension to something we use everyday.