I am a British artist and designer producing unique one off pieces of contemporary embroidery to commission.
Recently I have exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, in London's famous Liberty windows on Regents Street and have demonstarted for Jenny Murray on Woman's hour.
Originally I was known for my world of wonderful and crazy characters that you may recognize from my range of cards and wrapping paper with Woodmansterne, ‘In Stitches’ however my embroideries now explode off the canvas and are inspired by nature, music and creative emotion.
My work has entertained a wide variety of people at exhibitions and talks and I now have an established career as an artist and teacher. I push this niche art form in new directions as much as possible, often working on large canvasses and I am continuously promoting stitch as an exciting, rich and beautiful medium, which it is!
I studied an Art Foundation at Manchester Metropolitan University, then graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London with a Textiles BA (Hon’s) in 1994 . Later in 2001, I returned to MMU and completed an MA in Illustration.
I have developed a diverse and interesting portfolio, which I hope shows evidence of increasing creative confidence and successful projects in the community. My work is ever developing and I create work, which will enhance our environment and inspire others, as well as pushing my own creative boundaries.
The combination of exciting and intricate free machine embroidery with my passion for drawing means I can now drive a sewing machine like an ‘Aston Martin!’ I create large figurative, floral and flamboyant pieces of artwork using rhythmic, repetitive drawing, intense and intricate stitches, paints, appliqué and inks. Every work is unique and labor-intensive, intuitive and spontaneous. These original and energetic embroideries celebrate the rich and colorful medium of thread and illustrate my joie de vivre!
The London Embroiderers’ Guild awarded me a scholarship for my embroidery in 2005 and since I have continued to exhibit internationally. I have been selected for ‘Art of the Stitch,’ ‘ORIGIN’ and the ‘PFAFF’ Embroidery awards and in November 2010 I taught a master class on Channel Four's ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home.’
I regularly work to private commission producing one off bespoke pieces across the UK for a variety of clients. I have also completed several large scale public commissions including ‘The Wacky Races’ for ‘The Gloucester Royal Children's Hospital’, an interactive project ‘Birds of Paradise,’ with the women’s’ ‘PICU’ Unit at Blackberry Hill, Bristol and recently a large embroidered Tumbleweed for The Royal Oldham Hospital.
In addition to my artwork I have completed many embroidered illustrations for books and editorial, including The Guardian, Selvedge magazine and BBC4. In 2008, my book ‘Saggy Boobs and other Breast Feeding Myths’ produced with health expert, Val Finnigan and LIME ARTS received a Parliamentary award. In 2010 I was commissioned by LIBERTY of London to create a 2 metre quilt for their flag ship store window display, Regent Street.
In 2012 I completed my most ambitious project so far - a sequence of 'exploding Tumbleweed embroideries' for the Project Space at COLLECT, The Saatchi Gallery. The Crafts Council commissioned a film about this work which you can see on the commissions page of this website.
I regularly teach and speak at Universities, Museums and Guilds worldwide including a three month lecture tour for the New Zealand Embroiderer's Guild in 2010. I am a passionate advocate of individual creativity and my aim is to promote free-machine embroidery as a rich and cutting edge medium.
Presently my work is rapidly expanding into luxurious product - Silk scarves and Velvet pillows and poufs.
When you buy a piece of work from me you are supporting my career as a British independent artist and designer. Thank you!