I moved to Worcester in 2018 and finally had space for a studio. This has made a huge difference to my creative practice, not to mention being able to corral all my materials, fabrics, books into one place and organise my work! Over the last two years I've used the Covid19 lockdowns to focus on my work, experimenting with mixed media and taking inspiration from my garden and walks along the canal or through the park to the river.
I build my work in layers starting with a base fabric and adding collage, paint and stitch to develop my ideas. I reuse and recycle a lot, whether this is donated clothing, family textiles or the scraps and threads left over from previous work. I feel this develops a continuum from one work to the next. Currently I'm experimenting with cutting and rearranging - creating an initial collage then turning it over and cutting from the back so that I can't control where the cuts will take me. This gives me a fresh eye on the resulting "vignettes" which I then develop with further collage and stitch.
I take inspiration from landscape, particularly responding to pattern and texture. I've travelled extensively (pre-Covid19) with two very memorable trips to Antarctica in 2002 and 2020. I fell in love with this cold but beautiful place and it is a continuing influence on my work. Creating a sense of place, how to capture a moment, memory or feeling that draws you in are issues that I continue to explore in my work.