Having obtained a City and Guilds Diploma in Stitched Textiles in 2006 I decided to continue with the work which formed the latter part of my studies. This was an exploration of the lives of women who had achieved greatness, despite the times in which they lived.
Since then I have produced mixed media pieces about the lives of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Jane Austen, Ada Lovelace and Marie Stopes all of which have been widely exhibited, both locally and nationally. I try to use textile techniques which would have been appropriate to the times in which these women lived.
Since 2009 I have been absorbed in researching the life of a woman who lived in more modern times – Emma Sproson – the Wolverhampton Suffragette. Her memoirs have inspired me to complete many pieces and I hope to mount an exhibition of this work in Wolverhampton in 2013.
My methods of work mean that production is slow. Firstly I research the subject, then the textile technique, and it is only then that I begin the design process. As I am primarily a mixed media artist, I use both hand and machine embroidery as well as knitting, crochet, paint and print.
When not concentrating on womens’ issues, I can be found producing work on general political matters, sometimes involving the politics of the United Kingdom, or occasionally the United States of America. These usually take the form of wall hangings, political pin cushions or political jewellery.
I am also fascinated with Book Art and frequently use this medium to showcase my sampling for particular projects.
Qualifications/ education and awards.
City and Guilds Diploma in Stitched Textiles ( Medal of Excellence winner 2006)
Best Student Award (Stitched Textiles) 2003 – Stafford College of Education.