I am a self taught fibre artist with a passion for wool crafts. I create original artwork, combining wool felting, fabric collage, free motion machine embroidery and hand stitching techniques.
Growing up and educated in Scotland, my career was previously in the field of science working both in the NHS and academic research. However, I’ve always been creative with a tendency to daydream. A change in personal circumstances and relocation to Buckinghamshire, UK, has provided the opportunity to explore that creative path.
Developing my skills in recent years has been an adventure and every day is a school day!
I now enjoy participating in art fairs and exhibitions across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and tutoring workshops at Queens Park Art Centre here in Aylesbury.
What I Do
Having hopped, skipped and jumped from one medium to another, I discovered “painting with wool.” Wool is an extremely versatile material in all it’s forms from fleece to yarn. It lends itself to expressing textures and colours in the same way as you would use watercolour paints, oils or acrylics. It adds a warm, tactile element to the piece.
I use natural and dyed wool as well as speciality and synthetic fibres to create my artwork. Once layered on a suitable base, they are wet felted using hot water and soap or dry felted with a barbed needle. Both methods “knit” and bind the fibres together to make the picture. Further embellishing with free motion machine embroidery and hand stitching add depth and texture. A variety of threads, art yarns and even snippets of integrated textiles can be used – the choice is endless.
It is a labour intensive, challenging and rewarding process.
Nature inspires me: big skies; rocky hills stirring up cloud drama; rough coastlines. Being immersed in our beautiful countryside or mesmerised by the sea makes me happy.
I am obsessed with capturing the sense of space and light, evoking the beauty of our wild spaces, with contemporary felt, textile and embroidery techniques.
“Get lost in nature and you will find yourself “