I am primarily a feltmaker, creating original and individual pieces for exhibitions or just for fun. I have always had an interest in textiles, after my grandmother taught me some basic embroidery stitches and crochet. When I was younger, I focussed on sewn work and embroidery but in 2010 I joined Feltmakers North Guild and The International Feltmakers Association to learn about the many ways wool can be felted. My work has appeared in Felt Matters magazine and British Fibre Arts magazine.
I am passionate about using materials that are as sustainable as possible and, wherever possible, I use locally sourced wool and recycled materials. It is also very important to me to use biodegradable materials. I enjoy teaching and sharing knowledge of feltmaking techniques.
My work is influenced by emotion and a reaction to my environment. I like to create items that appear simple but use lots of complicated textures to draw the viewer in for a closer look. I enjoy using prefelts, which I make from colourful carded batts, as well as incorporating embroidery and crochet into my pieces. I also dye silk and wool fibres, and spin art yarns to use as inclusions.