My inspiration comes from a variety of sources exploring the concept of identity, memory and nostalgia. I live close to the sea in Lancashire and adore the colours and reflective light that can only be found in a coastal town.
I have work in both public and private collections and I continuously exhibit my work nationally and internationally including Japan, Europe and the U.S.A. My design portfolio includes designing for greeting cards, fashion/interior fabrics and wallpaper.
I completed my degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. I went on to study for a Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory) in 2003 at the University of Central Lancashire.
I started teaching in 1997 and have taught in Further, Higher and Adult Education. I also run independent workshops and regularly teach in secondary schools facilitating workshops based around my personal textile practice. I enjoy engaging with students and supporting them to achieve their full potential. Watching them develop and grow in their own practice is such a rewarding experience.
From 2003 to 2010 I had my own gallery in Lancashire featuring my work and other artists work from a variety of disciplines. The aim of the space was to engage a wider audience to appreciate the applied arts integrated with a programme of creative workshops. I curated solo and group exhibitions showing artists work from across the UK. I gained valuable experience along the way I became intimately acquainted with the world of buying and selling art.
I am also a member of the Crafts Council National Register of Makers and the Freelancers and Practitioners Association.