I have been an artist all my life and recently retired as the Head of Art at Dover Grammar School for Girls. Back in 1985 I was introduced to quilting and soon began designing my own quilts based on ideas or elements from other cultures which interested me. In 1989 I went to Perth in Western Australia for a year and joined the Roleystone Quilt Group. Through them I took part in a major quilt exhibition in Perth and it was then that I began to paint onto my pieced fabric. On my return I continued to experiment with this technique, usually adding a variety of embellishments and layers of fabric to the base pieced fabric. In 2009 I was invited by 'Fabrications' magazine to write an article about my work and put together an exhibition which travelled to several venues in Britain. I have exhibited my work in both local and national exhibitions.
From 1985 - 2013 I was a member and guest of the Oast Quilters in Canterbury and have led several workshops for them. I have also given talks about my work to many quilt groups, embroidery groups and W.I. groups over the years, and led day or half day workshops both to introduce different quilting or applique techniques and to inspire and develop personal and imaginative responses to the local environment.
I am currently a Moderator for the W.J.E.C./C.B.A.C., examining G.C.S.E. Drama performance and A level Art and Design, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphic Communication.
I am now living in the village of Pontrhydfendigaid, about 13 miles from Aberystwyth, and am looking forward to meeting and working with quilters and artists in Wales (as well as keeping my ties with quilting groups and friends in England). Until 2018 I was the Quilters Guild rep for Ceredigion, and have now passed the baton to Brenda Howell!
Following a successful 'Craftathon' Day with the W.I. in Aberystwyth, I have begun a series of water colour workshops on Friday morning, once a month, at the Edward Richard Centre in Ystrad Meurig, on the road from Aberystwyth to Tregaron. New painters are welcome to join us as many of the techniques can be applied using fabric paints on your quilts and wall hangings.
My recent Crafternoon held to raise money for the charity 'MIND' raised a grand total of £180 thanks to the generosity of the ladies who attended and friends in the village and further afield.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to attend any of the workshops or would like me to either give a talk about my work, or give a workshop for your group or association. Distance no object!!
I would like to continue to teach, talk and run workshops all over the U.K., so would welcome any contact with individuals and groups who would like to see my work and develop some of the ideas and techniques which I have created. I have enjoyed visiting several quilting groups to give a talk last year and this, and received a warm welcome in Newport, Llanbradach, Taunton, Leominster and Glamorgan.
Workshops I have run included one which brought together quilting and embroidery and introduced or encouraged painting skills in the creation of an original piece of work inspired by the paintings of Howard Hodgkin but based on sketches or photos of a chosen place. Another two day workshop explored the relationship which we can develop between painting and patchwork. For this I suggested looking at three artists for inspiration - Mary Lloyd Jones, Charles Anderson and Howard Hodgkin, all of whom have developed fluid and fairly abstract responses to places and landscape.
For the weekend of 21/22nd October 2017 I was pleased to welcome Terrance Gilbert from Walmer to be our first guest speaker at the Ceredigion Regional Day and workshop on the Sunday. Despite Storm Brian, several hardy souls made their way to Ystrad Meurig's Edward Richard Centre to listen to me talking about my painted quilts in the morning and Terrance to show his work and that done by the Helping Hands group for the Fostering Network.
In February 2017 I was pleased to be asked to exhibit my textiles at the Mulberry Cafe Gallery in Lampeter, Wales. I followed this up with an exhibition in Laindon Library in Essex in 2018 and then in Basildon Library in 2019. I have also been exhibiting in 'The Hub' in Melbourn, Cambs, during 2018, first with my paintings and then again this year with my textiles. I have recently been exhibiting my paintings in Aberaeron and in Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth with the Ceredigion Art Society.
Again, feel free to contact me if you would like to attend any of the workshops or would like me to either give a talk about my work, or give a workshop for your group or association. Distance no object!!