A life-long passion for arts and crafts has seen me touch on many and varied fields of expertise. In 1989 I completed a studio ceramics course and worked as a successful studio potter for many years. After the birth of my third son in 2000, I decided to move away from pottery and was drawn to the area of fibre art. I now work predominately with wool, silk and other natural fibres, combining methods of felting, embroidery and dyeing to create art works, garments and accessories.
I am inspired by so many things and find it difficult to pin point exactly what it is that drives each piece. I can, however, recognise some persistent influences. Nature is the most amazing thing around us and an accessible source of wonderment from which to draw ideas. I think a hangover from my potting days is an obsession with form. I strongly believe that with a good form the rest will follow. The spiral was a dominant feature of my pottery and is revisited in my felt. My work is informed by the natural world, its shapes and the materials under my hands. I learned long ago that if you respect these things the object will do your bidding. I hope to excite the viewer with the possibilities and mysteries of this ancient craft as we continue to explore the seemingly endless depths of its potential for art.
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