I am an award winning, qualified tutor and lecturer. I have a passion and love of textiles and Northumberland. I‚Äôve taught City & Guilds Embroidery courses and now work freelance as a tutor, lecturer and occasionally writing for magazines.
I‚Äôve organised several solo and joint exhibitions.
I‚Äôve qualifications in City & Guilds Embroidery, Adult Education, a Diploma in Art History, qualifications in Archaeology, Islamic Art and Indian Art & Architecture from the University of Oxford.
In a past life I worked in a laboratory as a molecular biologist. I prefer stitching.
I‚Äôm presently exploring the landscape and history of Northumberland. A land of battles, castles and hidden rock art. The ‚ÄúLand of the Far Horizons‚Äù where vistas are simply stunning.
I‚Äôm exploring natural dyeing and weathering methods, so the fabric itself is ‚Äúof the land‚Äù. I‚Äôm looking at the animal and plants that live here, especially the wild flowers and the hares and curlews
(the symbol of the Northumberland National Park).
I‚Äôm researching archaeological and historical knowledge and geography. Especially looking at old abandoned homesteads and ancient carved rocks. I‚Äôve been thinking about the women who lived in the hills,
who lived through the battles, the cattle raids and the long hard winters.
I also have a passion for Eastern patterns and colours and I indulge in bright colourful work, heavily stitched and beaded.
So I‚Äôm quite a contrast. I‚Äôve learnt not to fight it, but to go with it and enjoy it all. Its now becoming a fusion of styles.