My textile art practice is based upon the natural world and natural history collections.
My work consists of large quilts, smaller pieces of textile work, mixed media pieces, which may be free hanging, framed or on canvas, and stitched textile and mixed media artist’s books.
My textile work starts with an interface of design and material. I use drawing, painting, photography and collage to record my ideas in sketchbooks and on design sheets.
I paint and dye my own fabrics, using acrylic paint, indigo, and procion dyes, on cotton, calico and silk. I also print my fabric using silk screens, thermofax screens, lino cuts and print blocks. I use some commercial fabrics too.
Construction methods include the use of collage and appliqué techniques, and machine and hand stitch.
To these practices I have gradually added other media, enjoying the mix and opportunities afforded by the use of porcelain, paper, wood, and found objects. I make my own porcelain pieces to add into my textile work.
I also write the text for my artist’s books and for other pieces of my work.
The texts are pivotal to the work, underlining and suggesting underlying themes and concerns, and contributing to a certain depth and analytical thought process inherent in the work.
I have taught children, adults and special needs students for over 30 years, and have been artist – in - residence at many schools, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and several times at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. I have also curated a number of exhibitions, both in textiles and ceramics.
I have written a wide variety of magazine articles, and have been lucky to win a number of prizes for my textile and ceramic work.
I have published four books. Into the Cacao Grove, The Stone Bird, and Shadow and Light, are facsimiles of my mixed media artist’s books, and Thoughts, an illustrated collection of my writing.
My latest book ‘Stitched Textiles: Nature’ is a Search Press publication.
I am a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Art Textiles: Made in Britain, and Eclectica Textile Artists.