I trained as a sculptor, though have always enjoyed exploring a wide variety of techniques and materials; both two and three dimensional.
In 2005 I had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and broke my drawing hand very badly. This had a drastic impact on the type of work I started to produce. In the first two years of recovery I had minimal use of my hand; as a result my free stitch sewing machine became my only drawing implement.
As my hand has improved in the last few years, the work has diversified to incorporate my love of drawing by more exploratory methods.
My sources of inspiration are wide and varied- and which, sometimes overlap; this may seem chaotic but, this is how my brain now seems to function: I produce and explore what buzzes through my mind.
The resulting works are created using machine embroidery, hand stitching, printed image maker techniques, appliqué, felt-making and burning techniques combined with forged and welded metal work, acrylics, oil paint, watercolours and graphite. Pieces can take up to six months to produce.
1988 Winner of the Charnwood miniature sculpture prize
2009 Finalist – Pfaff Art Embroidery Challenge- International tour
2009 Overall Winner – National Madeira/Stitch competition- National tour
2009 Hand stitched piece selected for Embroiderer’s Guild Annual Touring Exhibition
2010 Sculpture shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Show
2011 Shortlisted / exhibited in the National Open Art Competition
2012 Highly Commended- National Madeira/stitch competition-National tour
2012 Winner of the Visitors choice- National Madeira/stitch competition
2012 Two pieces shortlisted for National Open Art Competition
2013 Overall winner – National Madeira/Stitch competition
2013 Mainly Machine Embroidery category winner- National Madeira/Stitch competition
2014 Overall winner – National Madeira/Stitch competition
2014 Preliminarily Shortlisted for John Ruskin Prize
2014 Shortlisted / exhibited in the National Open Art Competition, Somerset House.
2014 Selected for exhibition in the annual SGFA exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2014 Award for ‘Highly Commended Work in Colour’ (‘Sheffield Remembers’) Annual SGFA Exhibition
2014 Election to Associate Member, SGFA
2014 Winner of Visitors choice (‘W1 Commemoration’) Annual SGFA Exhibition Menier Gallery, London
2015 Mainly Machine Embroidery category winner- National Madeira/Stitch competition