PGCE (Post-graduate Certificate in Education): 2005. From City College Norwich (awarded by Anglia Polytechnic University)
BA (HONS) Crafts (Textiles & Ceramics): 1997. From Manchester Metropolitan University
BTEC ND Surface Pattern Design: 1994. From The Norfolk Institute of Art and Design
GCSE Art and Design grade A: 1992. Benjamin Britten High School (awarded by the University of London)
I am influenced by all decorative arts, most significantly surface design, including printed textiles – vintage and contemporary, embroidery, wallpaper, ceramic tiles and pottery, glass millefiori canes, and artists such as Matisse and Klee. I am also inspired by folk art from around the world.
I use traditional and contemporary techniques in my work including lino cuts, applique with fabrics and paper, watercolour, gouache and fabric printing and painting. I then create new designs and patterns from these processes by using digital software.
After teaching art, textiles and art history for 6 years in sixth form colleges, further education colleges and schools, I set up my garden studio in 2008. My work has developed from making small double-sided square beads using my own fabric designs to other jewellery including bracelets, pendants and brooches.
For the last few years I have made bigger work using my surface pattern designs which are printed digitally onto cotton. Since 2014 I have made mosaic photo frames and mosaic artworks which are presented in tray frames. Wanting to expand my geometric design work from simple square mosaic pieces, I started making circle mosaics in 2015. These use more intricate patterns, which I find exciting to design.
My work is mainly concerned with the relationship between structure, order and sequence, against the accidental or random. I like the way I can organise decorative elements through my design work, from the simple to the complex.
For 2017, I am working on a large surface design project called “The A-Z of Pattern”