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I am an evolved textile artist with an evolutionary approach to design.
My work is directly inspired by materials and fossils, gems, stones and minerals, often recycling broken or found objects giving them a new life in another form. As I discover new media and techniques, new ideas follow and my work moves on to explore the potential of my latest discovery to create fantasy jewellery, wall-hung pieces, boxes and larger wearable art. I enjoy the challenge of making attractive and durable items from unlikely ingredients and find the combination of the tactile quality of textiles with making practical pieces totally satisfying.
Much of my work is begun by using the sewing machine on dissolving film and further worked by hand, giving a quality finish and providing the tactile experience that is part of the pleasure of embroidery.
I also like the unconventional and I look for new ways of wearing ornament, perhaps combining elements of conventional clothing or jewellery and introducing unexpected materials, making unique wearable art.
Future plans include experimenting further with the Embellisher needle felting machine, pushing the boundaries of using only stitch onto dissolving film without any fabric support and exploring the potential of more unusual and unlikely materials such as rubber, latex, metal mesh and other non-woven materials. I also intend to continue writing and to publish more books on the techniques I use in my work.