I have always loved art and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember! When my two daughters had grown up, I joined a local art group run by Barbara Pearman which broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to new possibilities. I had already done a correspondence course with the Open College of Arts on Art and Design covering topics such as painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics and textiles and it was the inspiration of my tutor, Jane de Sausmarez, that encouraged me to look around for a structured textiles course. I completed my City and Guilds Level 2 Textile Decoration course in 2009 at Missenden Abbey and since then have been experimenting with many different techniques, such as space-dyeing, ice-cube dyeing, shibori and indigo dyeing. Take a look at my samples on the following pages.
Inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources; native arts from around the world, nature and great artists such as Kandinsky, Klimt and Vincent Van Gogh to name but a few. My passion is passing on my knowledge and expertise, inspiring others to create their own unique designs.
I run block printing and fabric dyeing workshops to small groups of adults and children, either for parties or recreation. Details can be found on the Workshops page. Shisha/Indian Embroidery workshop now available.
I shall be teaching more Block-Printing and Fabric Dyeing workshops in 2016/17, using Colouricious's wonderful array of wooden blocks at some of the major textile shows around the UK. Follow the links provided below. At the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday, 12th August I ran two workshops on hand-embroidery with an Indian theme, to include Shisha work. As a teacher I am learning all the time and there are a few things I would change for next time. Lessons learned!
During the first week of October I shall have the pleasure of welcoming my first personal one-to-one client to my home. She is travelling all the way from Middlesborough to learn block printing, Batik and Shisha embroidery. It should be a great couple of days of creativity!!
On 24th September I taught a Block Printing workshop for the Aylesbury Vale Embroidery Group in Stoke Mandeville. Always a pleasure to meet new groups and inspire their creativity! Below are some of the samples of work they produced.
The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace from 5th - 9th October - two workshops on Saturday 8th October entitled 'Print and Embellish a Small Canvas' (morning) and 'Block Print a Cushion Cover' (afternoon). To book a place, visit the Knitting and Stitching Show website from the link above.
I have recently taken bookings for next year from several u3a groups. If you are involved with a u3a group and think they may be interested in one of my workshops, I would love to hear from you!
Bucks Open Studios in June was a fantastic success for me and I met some wonderful and enthusiastic visitors. In particular, I enjoyed teaching the children who were attending other workshops at the Queens Park Art Centre and who came in to visit in their break! They even gave me some advice on marketing. Bless them!
I am now selling packs of my hand-dyed and printed fabrics on the Products page. Please visit for details
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