I live near Cirencester in the Cotswolds, with my husband and teenage son. I have a studio a few miles away which is home to my looms.
Following a ‘down-shift’ from my previous career, I returned to study in my 40’s taking an A Level in Textiles. I graduated from Bath Spa University in 2015 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors, specialising in weave.
I was invited to join the historic Society of Designer Craftsmen, where I am currently a Licentiate member.
My Welsh heritage inspires my work in colour, raw material and aesthetic; my weave designs often involve the traditional ‘double-cloth’ structure. ‘Colour and Weave’theory producing large scale patterns are another favourite.
Establishing my ‘voice’ in weaving is ongoing, however most of my fabrics so far have been for interiors (rugs, blankets, cushions, upholstery).
I am fascinated with traditional textile manufacture, with a fondness of old wooden floor looms! I am a member of the Stroudwater Textile Trust whose aim is to promote the area’s industrial heritage, particularly weaving and the local Cotswold wool.
I am a weave tutor for the Cotswolds Conservation Board Rural Skills program. I am passionate about wool, specifically working with the yarns made from British sheep breeds, using natural plant dyes over chemical dyes whenever practicable.
I have run workshops in weave and natural dye for students with diverse levels of experience; from Bath Spa University undergraduates to children, both in groups or working one to one with individuals.
I see my future as one which includes demonstrating and teaching weaving and natural dyeing, complimented by designing woven textiles and weave commissions. I am excited by the potential of collaborating on new projects; opportunities of this nature which I have embraced have taken my weaving in exciting unexpected directions.