During a career in medicine and with a background in domestic needlecraft I began bobbin (pillow) lacemaking as an amateur in the 1970’s. Following retirement I have been able to pursue my interest in a range of handmaking skills and have become increasingly involved in multimedia work.
I particularly enjoy “painting” with yarns and fibres, working in three dimensions and especially working with unusual materials. Responding to challenges can be great fun, especially those which are time-limited or which involve specific imposed conditions or materials. I sometimes draw first, but more often use “thought experiments”, recording the results later.
In am also a past member of the 98 Group and the Westhope Group, both contemporary lace groups, also exhibiting with the Braid Society and occasionally the Lace Guild. In a recent change of focus I have become a member of the Mainly Stitch exhibiting group in Derbyshire. I have also exhibited widely in the UK and also in Europe with national and international groups and examples of my work have been published in books, magazines and specialist journals.
I have become increasingly involved in multimedia pieces, including jewellery and, on a larger scale, in sculptural forms.
My aim is to push the boundaries of lacemaking and stitch combining their traditional skills with those of other art, textiles and fibreart disciplines.
2001 Lace Guild International Trophy for “Dreaming Dreams” which was inspired by India.