Background history: Originally I studied art and design at Croydon College of Art and went on to complete my BA Hons at Goldsmiths where I specialied in textiles. After graduating, my work was published in several books by Batsfords, “Embroidery and Colour “by Constance Howard, “Metal Thread Embroidery” by Barbara Dawson and “The Embroiderers Guild Journal” Volume 27.
My work was also included in exhibitions at the ICA London and the Royal College of Art Silver Jubilee Exhibition of 1975.
Teaching Experience: I started my teaching career in 1976 after completing the post-graduate art teachers qualification at Brighton.
I taught art with textiles in Berkshire before moving to Hull, where I worked in several schools and became a lecturer at Hull School of Art and Design. Whilst raising my family and teaching, I also worked as a Freelance knit designer for ‘Design Station’, who sold my designs in New York. I continued to draw, paint, sell private commissions, make clothes, cook and garden.
Recent Career: During my time at Hull School of Art and Design I held several posts of responsibility in further education before moving into higher education where I became Programme Leader and Course Coordinator for Textiles. I developed the Hull School of Art’s original Foundation Degree in Textiles and the BA Hons in Applied Creative Design:Textiles, Fashion and Theatre Costume.
Over the years I have re-written the Degree course four times for different validating universities and in 2013 I became the External Examiner for Doncaster College’s BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles.
Reasearch: The College supported my scholarly activity enabling me whilst teaching to complete my MA in Design at the University of Lincoln in 2007. As part of the research for my MA I wrote a handbook on 'creating resist fabrics with sustainable environmentally friendly materials in a domestic setting'. I experimented with a range of food products to create hand drawn fabrics, the result of this was an installation of ten silk fabric lengths called “Memory Cloths” Each mark and stain on the cloths was hand drawn or occurred through the dyeing process. Splashes of colour, stains, marks and even holes evolved through the passage of time.
Personal interests: Drawing is and always will be, the creative foundation for everything that I do, I don’t go anywhere without my sketchbook and camera.
2013 Recent work: My work is continuously evolving and I produce mixed media textiles, attempting to incorporate drawn image, stitch and found materials into a whole, with subtle layers of hidden messages, producing pieces for exhibition or private commissions.