about

I’ve always been interested in art and crafts, art was the only subject I really enjoyed at school. After leaving school I trained first as a veterinary nurse and later as a microbiologist. Currently I work as a project manager but I still have an innate need to create and express myself artistically and I like to think that exercising my creative muscles in wool aids my problem-solving abilities in my day job. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to explore a variety of mediums from clay to wicker but my current love is the amazingly versatile world of wool felt. My scientific training often makes an appearance in my textile art and my greatest muse has always been the natural world around us and the challenge of pushing the boundaries of what can be made with wool and textiles.

I live with my partner and Pickle the cat in a small village to the north of Guildford in the UK. When I’m not making felt, I can be found pottering in the garden or supporting our local pub, anything to avoid cleaning the house! 🙂

Exhibitions

2014 – International Feltmakers Association, Region 4, Exhibition, Sonning Common, Berkshire, UK.

2014 – Spinners Weavers and Dyers National Exhibition,  Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk, UK.

Education

2017 – Abstract Design for Textiles with Louise Anderson

2017 – Life drawing

2016 – Traditional millinery techniques

2016 – Experimental Screen Printing with Ruth Lane

2016 – Dressmaking and tailoring

2015 – Tailoring and shibori felt, Tatiana Shervada

2015 – IFA conference, workshops with Judit Pocs, Joke van Zinderen and Evelyn Refsahl

2014 – City and Guilds Level 2 in constructed textiles (felt making)

2014 – IFA conference, workshop with Yvonne Habbe

2004 – PhD, molecular virology

2001 – BSc, 1st class hons, microbiology