I’ve always loved creative activities like sewing, taking photographs and making greetings cards. My first taste of embroidery was completing a cross-stitch kit gift and from there I discovered the meditative pleasures and creative freedom of freestyle embroidery.
I’m self-taught and have worked as a professional textile artist since 2017, mostly designing mixed media, hand-embroidered landscapes. Surrounded by the beautiful farmland, moorlands and coastal scenes around East Lothian I try to absorb the details of these tranquil places. I draw inspiration from the local woodlands, grasses and hedgerows, and study the textures and patterns found in nature. I like to experiment with stitch techniques, appliqué and sampling to find ways of adding extra depth to my designs.
My artworks are created on hand-painted cotton or linen fabric. I apply background colour, allowing the paint to flow and mix and then embracing the unpredictable results. I create a three-dimensional, textural feel with fabric collage and appliqué, using a variety of found and collected fabrics including silk, cotton, linen, felt, wool and shimmering organza. The most time-consuming part of my work is the hand-stitch. I choose cotton, wool and linen threads to embroider the details of my intricate designs, using a intuitive slow stitch process.
Alongside my creative practice, I am a freelance writer-editor for TextileArtist.org. I am also a member of the Society for Embroidered Work. Both of these organisations promote contemporary textile art and its consideration as an art form.
I occasionally teach local workshops and have tutored at Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre in Haddington.
Please read my blog and take a look at my online shop for giftware made using my designs by a local Scottish company. My greetings cards are also for sale at Beech and Birch in Gifford and I have an Etsy shop.
- Two artworks selected as finalist entries (Best Original Embroidery Design, Best Miniature categories) for the National Needlecraft Awards, exhibited at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia (2019).
- Two artworks selected for the Contemporary Stitched Art exhibition by the Society for Embroidered Work, exhibited at the Clerkenwell Gallery, London (2019).
- 3 Harbours Arts Festival @ Haddstock (2018)
- St Abbs Annual Art exhibition (2018)