I graduated from Birmingham polytechnic in 1978, with a BA Hons in fashion/textlies specialising in weaving.
In 1987 I set up a workshop in Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland designing, making and selling cushions and wall-hangings. In 1992 I relocated to Kirkcudbright in SW Scotland and recently relocated again, just 15 miles out into the the beautiful Galloway countryside.
My work is inspired by the surrounding countryside, its colours textures and shifting light on hills and coast, while a lot of my cushions take a quirky look at its flora and fauna.
I have done workshops and projects with adults and in schools, including an artist’s residency in secondary schools and will give illustrated talks to groups.
I have undertaken numerous private commissions as well as several public commissions, and have had both solo exhibitions as well as having work in group exhibitions.
|Born in Hertfordshire. Brought up in Norfolk|
|1974-79||B.A.Hons in Fashion/Textiles specialising in woven textiles at Birmingham Polytechnic. Followed by Post Graduate Certificate in Art Education.
Awarded first prize in competition to design wall-hanging for Aston University Library.
|1979-80||Taught weaving privately and for local authority in Devon.|
|1984||Started designing and making fabric wall-hangings and cushions after initiating community patchwork project in Suffolk.|
|1987||Moved to Balnakeil Craft Village in Sutherland, set up workshop and shop.|
|1989-1992||Involved in arts promotion for Durness and north-west Sutherland.|
|1992||Moved to Kirkcudbright, Southwest Scotland|
|2003-2015||Spring Fling Committee member and director|
|2014||Moved to current studio at Mossdale|
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS etc
|2003-16||Participant in Spring Fling open studios event|
Work in exhibitions at Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
"D&G Out" Biscuit Factory, Gateshead (group)
|2011||"On the Wing" McLaurin Gallery, Ayr (group)|
|2003||"Vibrant Forms" Green Gallery, Aberfoyle (group)|
|2001||"Illumination" Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (group)|
|2001||"Autumn Colours", Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas|
|2001||"Prononcez Coeur-cu-Brie", Pont Aven, Brittanny|
|1999||"Landlines", Shambellie House Museum of Costume|
|1998||"10x10", Crichton Royal Museum, Dumfries|
|1997-9||"Paying Our Dues", touring exhibition|
|1997||"Elements for Living", Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright|
|1997||"Within Our Grasp" Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (group)|
|1996||"Value Added", Aberdeen (group)|
|1994||Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (solo)|
|1993||Gossipgate Gallery, Alston(group)|
|1992||Edinburgh Art College (group)|
|1987||Crome Gallery, Norwich (group)|
|2006||Selected to design and make bespoke craftwork for media promotion of Spring Fling|
|2002||Textile Panels for St John’s Episcopal Church, Stranraer|
|2001||Award pieces for Arts & Business Scottish Awards 2001|