Fortunate enough to work in a studio looking out over the water to the mainland, this view, or versions of it, often appear in my work, but I also find inspiration in more abstract places. Colour or colour contrasts will often start me off on a particular project.
Mostly using a sewing machine and the free motion technique - in effect 'drawing' with thread. I use textiles, thread, beads, metal, paper and found objects. If I can get it under my sewing machine needle I will have a go at incorporating it into bags, wall hangings, jewellery, cards and other creations.
In recent years I have also used felt more, it’s a wonderful medium to work with. Becoming a granny a few years ago, I made a string of elves for my grandson and that was the start of an elf invasion. Literally hundreds of elves later they are still proving popular, as are the felt wizards!
Another technique I particularly like is layering different materials and then stitching into them. This way of working can often turn rather garish fabrics into much subtler creations which can then be further worked on with heat or paint. Subtle is not usually my main aim as I am very fond of glitter and also gold paint, so these are often used to finish off a piece. Rather than useful, most of what I make is intended to give joy. I enjoy making it, I hope you will enjoy seeing it.