Much of my work lies between the disciplines of sculpture and embroidery, since typically it consists of stitched slate or other suitable stone. Sometimes the work is primarily sculptural – with stitch used as a means of mark making or as an aid to construction. At other times the work is primarily embroidery – with stitch the main element of the work.
I started stitching and making objects in paper and cardboard at around age 6. Later I worked in a variety of jobs (including theatrical props making and oriental carpet repair) eventually becoming studio assistant to tapestry maker Marta Rogoyska in the 1980’s
In 1991 I attended art school as a mature student (around 40yrs. old at the time) taking foundation studies at City of London Polytechnic and subsequently a three years Textile degree at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. I have also attended short courses in stonecarving at The Portland Sculpture Trust and Kendal College, and drawing at the Princes Drawing School. In 2007 I was awarded a ‘Scholar’ bursary by the Embroiderers’ Guild.
I now live in the English Lake District, where the rocky landscape provides both materials and inspiration.
2006 ‘A Welsh Quilt Project’ Festival of Quilts, NEC. Birmingham
2005 L’aiguille en Fete, Paris
2003 ‘Big Stitch’ Knitting and Stitching Show – London, Dublin, Harrogate
2007-8 ‘Pricked-Extreme Embroidery’ Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2007 ‘Cloth and Stone’ with Jen Jones, Farfield Mill, Sedburgh
2006 ‘A Welsh Quilt Project’ Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham
2005 Guest artist at Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen’s Open Studio
2001 ‘Art of Quilts’ Shipley Gallery, Gateshead
1999 ‘Insights’ with ‘Art of the Stitch’ – London and Gateshead
1996 – 98 ‘Revelations’ Maidstone, London, Tokyo and UK tour.
I have given lectures and tutored or run workshops for several organizations, including: The V&A Museum, Royal College of Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Bedford College, Opus School of Textile Arts and the Embroiderers’ Guild
In 2007 Odyssey Video produced a DVD about my work in their
‘Maker’s Profile’ Series
‘Embroidery’ magazine July-August 2007
‘Embroidery’ magazine March-April 2004
‘Aggregate’ at Backdoor Gallery, Dalmuir as part of the
Loch Lomond Quilt Show, 14 – 17 May 2008
‘Aggregate’ will run for longer – dates to be confirmed.