It's a funny old life. I'm grateful that art and embroidery are two of my oldest friends, who've always been there for me. Although I loved to draw and paint at home, art was not encouraged at my school; the emphasis was on getting a 'proper' career! My creative interests have always kept me going through a challenging work and home life. I've experimented with many crafts and techniques, but always come back to my first loves.
When someone suggested I should run a workshop, I found a new passion teaching, encouraging and enabling others to express their creativity. My parents instilled in me a love of the natural world, which is what inspires me.
So now, I make books! I also design textile projects, and teach hand embroidery and mixed media classes and workshops.
I also work in partnership 'across the pond' with my friend, the talented Michelle May of The Raspberry Rabbits , North Carolina, USA, doing something we think is rather unique and a bit special. Hop over to find out more!
it's important to me to use natural and earth friendly products, and I limit my use of commercial items as much as possible.
Home is near Bristol, in the South West UK, with my husband and Badger, our rescue cat, who joined us in April, after having a rough start in life and is now settling down
We live on the River Severn flood plain, adjacent to marshland which is the last vestige of the North Somerset levels. Up the hill opposite is the beautiful and historic Kings Weston Estate. These local habitats, and my wildlife garden are where I do most of my nature journaling. I'm drawn to detail, and finding beauty in the ordinary. I always have a sketchbook/ artist's journal to hand.
Oh and I'm also an Urban Sketcher!