The process of creating something meaningful from a variety of materials intrigues me, leaving me wanting to explore further and push boundaries of the materials I use. I am continuously drawn to textiles and textile techniques; the very act of taking thread and making an image or representation from this everyday item that is often viewed as functional is, to me, exciting and unexpected at times. I love the tactile nature of textiles and combining them with other materials to create something new and unusual.
My artwork is research based, with the little known, quirky and often overlooked facts drawn out and embedded into the piece. My work is inspired by people and relationships, often focussing on memories of times together and places visited. I enjoy creating pieces of conceptual work that contain a narrative, with the use of fabric and materials central to the work. I use the materials to convey the story or feeling behind the work – it is essential to me that the materials used are there for a purpose and further enrich the piece. I like to encourage the viewer to reflect and consider the subject matter a little more than perhaps they would have.
I hold a City and Guilds Level 3 in Textile Art, a Level 3 Award in Education and Training. I have also completed Creative Practitioner Training when working with socially disenfranchised communities.