Making books and teaching people how to make them is the main focus of my work. I find teaching very rewarding and derive great satisfaction from watching others make their own individual and personal books.
I love experimenting and use many unorthodox methods to construct and decorate the books I make. I gain great pleasure from the fact that I have made the complete book.
I recycle as many things as possible and start with very cheap and unpromising materials and strive to turn them into something of worth.
Though I do use machine embroidery, mostly for practical reasons, to stitch background layers together or to work on outlines, it is hand stitching I love the most. Feeling the fabric and thread as I stitch connects me with my work more than any other process. I find, no matter how much I experiment, my work always ends up being a book.
COMMISSIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
I work to commission, creating books tailored to my client's individual needs. I also exhibit regularly and I have taken part in the South East Open Studios annual event. I make guest appearances at various shows the UK throughout the year.
In 2014 I worked with my husband Jim to produce a 61 panel exhibition about life in the First World War in the villages of Charing and Charing Heath in Kent, UK. This event, organised by the Charing and District Local History Society, was sponsored by the UK National Lottery and a number of local authorities.
PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES
I have published two books “Page After Page” (reprinted 2015), which was originally published in October 2009. “Under The Cover”, my second book, was published in August 2012. My work has been published in all of the main textile magazines as well as “LandScape” magazine and numerous online magazines.
I taught: City & Guilds Embroidery Parts 1 and 2, Machine Embroidery, Machine Embroidery Distance Learning and Stitched Textile masterclasses in colleges for many years.