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.
I was introduced to block-printing by Jamie Malden of Colouricious and we have since worked on a number of projects together, combining my hand-dyed fabrics and Jamie’s own designs of hand-carved Indian wood blocks. Jamie also organises the most amazing textile holidays and I was fortunate to be able to go to India last month. For me it was a life-changing experience. Block printing workshops were organised for us but there was still plenty of time for sight-seeing and shopping! If you love textiles, then visit the following hyperlink for details of a trip of a lifetime! http://colouricious.com/textile-art-holidays-trips/
Left: Street view in the Pink City
Right: This lovely lady, Chanchal let me decorate her
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 2018, using Colouricious's wonderful array of wooden blocks at some of the major textile shows around the UK. Follow the links provided below. I am attending the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham on 10th/11th August.. Workshops are now available to book at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk
The Warner Textile Archive in Braintree have asked me to teach a couple of days in the Autumn. Details are on their website
Before then, I am running and Introduction to Block Printing workshop at the Open Door in Berkhamsted (www.hvaf.org.uk) on 19th April. Also, commencing on 20th April is a 6-week programme of workshops at the Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury (www.qpc.org), entitled Taking Block Printing Further. Don't worry if you have no previous experience, it's easy to pick up! I will be showing you how to print on paper to produce a small art book, and printing on fabric to make a cushion cover embellished with stitch and beads, and a small wall hanging. Call direct to book. Days can be booked individually if you cannot complete all 6 weeks.
If you have a group that would like to try block printing, please call me. Have blocks, will travel!!!
I have taught some lovely ladies in U3A groups recently and here are some of the results of their efforts below
Member of the Visual Images Group