I’ve always loved creative activities. My first taste of embroidery was completing a cross-stitch kit and from there I discovered the meditative pleasures and creative freedom of freestyle embroidery, working to my own designs.
I’m self-taught and started making mixed media, hand-embroidered landscapes in 2017. 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. One of the joys of textile art is the variation and versatility of options. There is always something new to explore.
My artworks are created on hand-painted cotton or linen fabric. I apply background colour, allowing the paint to flow and mix. Then I embrace 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 select 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 in the past I have tutored at Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre in Haddington.
Please contact me if you’d like to purchase an original artwork. I also sell my original artworks at exhibitions and at Coast Art Gallery in Dunbar. Please read my blog to see my latest work and take a look at my online shop for my gift-ware items produced by a local Scottish company. My greetings cards are also for sale at Beech and Birch in Gifford and on Etsy.
- Two artworks selected as finalist entries for the National Needlecraft Awards, exhibited at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia (2019), ‘Best Original Embroidery Design’ and ‘Best Miniature’ categories.
- 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)