My textiles reflect my love of the landscape; the colours, textures and patterns that I see around me, all influence my work. I grew up in on the outskirts of a village in mid Somerset, a place where generations of my family have lived and worked, so it’s not surprising the land features strongly in my textiles. Each piece tends to have a narrative; they speak about their inspiration, how they were made and from what. While I create collections of scarves, wraps and throws, each piece is unique with its own story to tell.
I draw heavily from the tradition of the craft of weaving. I am primarily a hand weaver; I wind the warp, thread the heddles, throw the shuttle and full the fabric. It is a very labour intensive process, but it connects me to the feel of my fabric as it grows. It feels very sculptural as I work out exactly how I want the weft to cross the warp.
The yarn I choose to work with often comes from the West Country. I am conscious of my own ‘carbon footprint’ and try to choose yarn that is sustainable and supports local businesses. Happily, I have a wonderful variety of wools, alpaca and hemp to choose from, by using local mills and farms. I also use second hand wool and silk. To achieve the palette of colours that I want to use, I dye my own yarn using synthetic dyes. My training as a weaver has taught me how to use the minimum of chemicals to create the colour I want.
I graduated in 1997 from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design with a degree in woven textiles and a good grounding in the craft that I continue to build on.
In 2016 you can find my work at:
The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF
The Courthouse Gallery
Market Place, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7LX
The Contemporary Craft Festival
Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon
10th – 12th June
Somerset Art Weeks
ACE Arts, The Old Town Hall, Somerton, Somerset
17th September – 2nd October