As long as I can remember I’ve loved being creative. When I discovered art quilting a whole world opened up to me. The reason I enjoy it so much is that I can use so many different techniques and materials. I prefer painting and printing my own fabrics. I do so by layering colour onto white fabric, in order to achieve depth. I dye, print,stamp, discharge etc.
Since I began art quilting I have learned a lot from books and the Internet. I’ve also attended some workshops, took the City & Guilds course ‘creative quiltmaking’ and am currently working on the City & Guilds course 'embroidery'. (My degree in English is very useful as it gives me access to so much information and I can communicate with quilters in many different countries). Besides art quilting I enjoy using other ways of expression. I like working on paper, needle felting, embroidery, encaustic, and many more things. I’m always making.
Inspiration for my work comes from within. I pick some fabrics from my stash and start straight away or I leave them lying on my worktop for a while and consider several options. As soon as I get an idea in my head I start out and keep working on it until it ‘feels good’ to me. My way of working is developing all the time and what I've learned is to start out with a certain theme, make a plan and then make something following this plan. This doesn't necessarily mean that I stick to this plan, I make adjustments as I go along.
It is very rare that I don't finish a piece, I am very persistent and if I have to, I undo all the stitching and start all over again. I work fast, I am very impatient and always very anxious to see the end result. Most of the time when I am working I listen to music, classical or contemporary. I am no doubt subconsciously inspired by this music.