I have been involved with textiles in one form or another my entire life – from learning to knit at the age of 4 to running my own knitwear company a few – well about 20 – years later. I had the best dressed Barbie and Sindy in our street as I was taught to sew, again at a very early age, by 2 fantastic seamstresses, my grandmother and mother. My mother now refers to me for advice on all things knitting and sewing which is nice.
I studied art and design at Birmingham City University. With an interest in natural forms, the art of Chris Ofili, John Latham, Kandinsky, Dali, Picaso, Georgia O’Keffe and Eva Hesse with a sprinkling of Millais, Gainsborough and many others; I carried out reseach into the depiction of children in art, particularly the American photographer Sally Mann and her use of her children in her work. My last work at university was based on our place in time and space.
I have also City & Guilds qualifications in Machine Knitting and Patchwork and Quilting; Open University qualifications in Social Science and entrepreneurship.
I enjoy ‘fiddling’ with fabric, mostly cottons from lawn to duck canvas but do include anything in between and lots of recycled fabrics and items.
I run fabric sculpting and mixed media workshops in and around Birmingham. You can find more information about the different workshops I run, plus dates and venues on my workshops. My workshops cater for all levels of creative experience and everything you need to complete the project is included in the price – just bring yourself and your imagination.
I am a certified Powertex Tutor; consequently most of my workshops involve working with Powertex products to create some fun, unique and truly beautiful sculptures and other projects. Powertex offer a versatile range of products that will allow you to create really amazing art works and decorative items easily. I also run workshops for embroidery, knitting, sewing, patchwork and quilting, mixed media and fabric manipulation.
I also offer bespoke workshops for individuals, groups, events, parties, etc. Please get in contact to discuss your ideas and what I could do for you.