My journey began studying textile design at Chelsea College of Art, this led to working as a textile designer in Africa with women’s groups. I worked in the ‘Jua Kali’ sector, a Kiswahil word for working under the fierce hot sun. Colour was applied freely and patterns were randomly placed across the fabrics and ‘nothing’ was wasted.
I had a dream job of working as an artist in residence for an environmental charity. This involved playing with an exciting array of industrial waste for the purpose of developing an arts education programme and organising a national conference on creativity and re-use.
I experiment with colour, pattern making, texture and shape to create spontaneous compositions for fabric, paintings and paper. Little is thrown away and I re-use household and industrial waste items, alongside natural objects for collage, printing and painting techniques. The process is simple, joyful and created by hand.
Nature, travel and modern art provide me with an endless source of inspiration.
I have collaborated with the following (selected) clients on art, design and education projects:
Liberty’s of London, Interface Carpets, Laura Ashley Foundation, M&S Archives, National Trust, Galleries, Education and Museums (GEM), Hay Festival, BBC, Forestry Commission, Birmingham Conservation Trust, UPPERCASE magazine, The Coffin Works, Birmingham University, Barber Institute, University of Worcester, Birmingham Climate Change Festival, Eco Schools National Conference, New Brewery Arts, Creative Partnerships, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Warwickshire Museums, Leamington Spa Art Gallery, Museum on the Move, Museum Resource Learning Centre in Hereford, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Oxfam, Voluntary Services Overseas, Gloucestershire Resource Centre, The Elgar Birthplace Museum, Severn Rivers Trust, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust & Ruskin Mill Trust.