Since childhood I have been surrounded by creative activities and have continued to explore new techniques throughout my life. As a mature student I studied Art&Design at York College and City&Guilds at Scarborough. In 1996 I was introduced to felt making as a technique by Sheila Smith and discovered my great passion (feltmakers reading this will know exactly what I mean!). Little did I know then that this would change my life. I now create individual pieces which I exhibit in galleries and exhibitions such as Woolfest, Fashion and Embroidery Show, Wonderwool, Fibre East, Yarndale and North Yorkshire Open Studios. My work is constantly changing and evolving as I experiment and develop ideas. I am passionate about feltmaking, always endeavouring to create well made felt work that will hopefully stand the test of time.
Living close to the Coast and Moors of North Yorkshire I draw my inspiration from my natural surroundings. I have particular interest in formations created randomly along the coastline, often including found objects in my work. Weekly walks on the beach, photography and chance discoveries spark ideas and experimentation. I also have a love of sea life not found on the Yorkshire coast such as Sea Slugs (Nudibranch), Cuttlefish and Corals. I am drawn to using fibres in their natural colours often highlighting my work with a hint of colour. When possible I will use British Wool Locks such as Wensleydale, Bluefaced Leicester & Gotland, hand dyeing these locks to add decorative elements to my work. Wool has a magical quality which allows you to transform soft delicate fibres into a firm 3d object, I never tire of this magical process.
Whilst my making focuses on Feltmaking I have always explored a variety of both materials & techniques. Throughout my life I have experienced learning a wide variety of techniques, mentored by experts in their field. Making is a pleasure, whatever form that may be. I use elements of many traditional techniques within my work that I exhibit, I make many more pieces of work simply for myself.
Graham is my partner in life & work, he is my right hand man & organiser. He is my logistics manager, lifter, packer, carrier, tech expert, stand maker, mender, chef & basically gets me to the right place at the right time. Whilst I can't persuade him to make felt he is excellent at packing kits, formatting instructions & ordering materials. We are the perfect partnership......
Best in show Wonderwool Wales 2013 (small stand)
Best in show Wonderwool Wales 2016 (small stand)
Award for Lovlieness Woolfest 2019