I was born in Wrexham, North Wales and studied ceramics, textiles and printmaking at The College of Art, NEWI (now Glyndwr University) until 1986.After college, I designed and made brightly coloured hand built porcelain jugs and platters, exhibiting widely and taught ceramics part time at NEWI and for The Groves Adult Centre in Wrexham.
I moved to Chester in 1993. I worked for Clwyd & Denbighshire County Councils as a Countryside and Heritage Interpretation Officer before returning to art, running art & craft workshops for children. I also helped set up Chester’s annual Tree Dressing Festival.
I went back to college in 2002 to study Stitch and Constructed Textiles. I have lived in Cornwall since 2005 making and exhibiting work and teaching textiles and 3D mixed media for the Cornwall Council’s Adult Education Service.
I have always liked doorways and holes – a glimpse through from one space into another. About two years ago I made sketches of the strange holes in the rocks at Trebarwith Strand, North Cornwall. From the sketches, I started experimenting with ideas around the nature of ‘holes’, emotional, physical and abstract, how they are both there and not there. I’ve produced about 30 pieces of work following this train of thought.
Recently I’ve started working on some ideas related to being ‘run aground’ and stranded, after photographing and sketching a wreck on the rocks near Daymer Bay. I work with a wide range of materials and techniques including collage, textile elements, printmaking and stitch.