When I signed up for a City & Guilds course in patchwork and quilting in 2001 I didn’t know it would lead me to explorations in painting and dyeing…
I am a textile and mixed media artist and surface pattern designer living in South Wales, UK: the natural world and the effects of light and reflections inspire my work.
I love creating complex, layered patterns with lots of texture and colour and am inspired by the unpredictability of paint and dye on paper and fabric: the results of my experiments often creep into my designs. I love printing: monoprinting, screenprinting and block printing; many of the images produced in this media inspire the motifs in my surface pattern designs and textures. Recently I’ve been making daily art on discarded train tickets as a way of encouraging my creative process to develop: I suppose they are a kind of tiny sketchbook. I often post these on my Instagram.
I sell digital downloads (scrapbook kits, planner stickers etc) of a selection of my patterns and textures on Etsy and Creative Market, and printed on various products at Redbubble and Society 6.
I started blogging in 2005 and have had articles published in the Computer Textile Design Group magazine as well as in online in Fibre&Stitch and Workshop on the Web. My train ticket art project was featured on the Pattern Observer blog in 2015.
Locally, I am a member of the Diverse Manners arts group in Newport, South Wales, UK and have exhibited with them several times.
I studied history at St Andrews University so my researches into family history and social history often creep into the blog and sometimes inform my designs.