I loved sewing and handicrafts as a child and through adulthood I’ve continued to enjoy creative activities including photography, making greetings cards and sewing gifts for friends and family. I began hand-stitching with a cross-stitch kit gift and discovered the meditative pleasures and creative freedom of embroidery.
I am self-taught and have worked as a professional textile artist since 2017, designing mixed media and hand-embroidered landscapes. In such a hectic world, I like to take the time to observe and capture the beautiful local countryside, moorlands and coastal scenes around East Lothian.
To research each artwork, I photograph local views, woodlands, grasses and hedgerows, and I use a notebook for ideas. I am inspired by the textures and patterns found in nature and I like to experiment with stitch techniques, appliquéd fabrics and sampling to find ways of adding extra depth to my designs.
My works are created on hand-painted cotton or linen background fabric. I allow the paint to flow and mix, embracing the unpredictable results, then use freestyle machine-embroidery to draw out my basic design. I create a three-dimensional feel with fabric collage and appliqué, using a variety of found and collected fabrics including silk, cotton, linen, mulberry bark, wool and shimmering organza. The most time-consuming part of my work is the hand-stitch. I choose natural threads to embroider the details of my intricate designs, using a slow stitch, intuitive process.
Alongside my creative practice, I am an author/editor for TextileArtist.org and I am member of the Society for Embroidered Work. Both of these organisations promote contemporary textile art and its consideration as an art form.
- 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)
I am available to take commissions. I occasionally teach local workshops at places like the Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre in Haddington.