I am a mixed-media textile artist with a real passion for cloth and thread, who has been designing and creating individual handmade pieces and wearable art for many years.
I love to concentrate on textures, layering of fabrics, adding surface stitching, embellishing with found objects, drawing and shading with silks with a variety of traditional sewing or mixed media techniques thrown in for good measure.
I love to tell a story in each and every piece I design and make, using the cloth as my foundation. I leave the threads to tell the rest of the tale...
Slow stitching particularly makes my little 'ol Fen heart sing... taking time out to 'simply be' with any design is so therapeutic and calms my meandering creative soul.
I am surrounded by inspiration every day.
I love capturing the beauty in the ordinary snippets of life through my photography, poetry and sketching which have a huge influence on my textile work.
Mother Nature is always on hand, waiting in the wings, to offer me some gentle delights for a design.... colour combinations, patterns, textures and shapes all help to add a rich depth of flavour to my work.
I am especially inspired by the wild beauty of the Cambridgeshire Fens; the flora and fauna, the rich tapestry of the Fenland heritage and the woven threads of belonging to such an ancient landscape.
I am also inspired by language; beautiful sayings, phrases, poetry and old 'lost words'
My real passion is for treasuring those vintage beauties such as old linens, faded embroideries, vintage fabrics and treasured found objects.
For me they all hold a story to our forgotten past.
I love being able to breathe new life into something old and once loved and watching it turn into something gorgeously beautiful again....
My heart always wanders towards the tattered unloved boxes of linen left under a table in a charity shop or at the end of a stall at an Antique Fair, wondering what the story is behind each piece and thinking of ways to add them in my designs to capture their own social stories.
to my design work and commissions I teach a variety of craft workshops in various venues around the UK, showcasing many of the traditional skills of sewing, patchwork, slow stitching, free motion embroidery, as well as various techniques in textile art and mixed media.
I am a regular TV Guest Presenter on Hochanda TV offering a range of my own designs, sewing kits and some wonderful inspiration boxes. Recently I have introduced my own fabric collections, the 'Milly-Tilly' Range working in collaboration with The Millshop Online.
As well as a writer of many magazine articles, tutorials and online step-by-step tuition, you can also follow my adventures via my blog...
My first book 'Stitched Memories' with Search Press, launched in July and very quickly sold out in the UK. It is now being reprinted as we speak, due to be re-launched again in October... As you can guess I am super excited about that!
If you would like me to guest a workshop or talk for your venue or event please feel free to send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org