My history is wide ranging and varied. I am a competitive person and this is reflected by my Employment history in the Royal Signals (WRAC) and West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police where I served as a Constable. Cycling, running and swimming, I enjoyed an active life taking part in many competitions both in the UK and abroad. Following this, a change in direction provided me with over 20 years accountancy experience, covering a variety of professional qualifications in what I refer to as my other life.
Speech problems developed and to counter this I took drawing lessons which led to my jumping into higher level studies in art – typical of my nature. What cannot be changed must be confronted. Between 2003 and 2005 I gained a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Distinction) after gaining an A level in Fine Art. I followed this with a HND in Craft & Design with DeMontfort University at its Grantham Campus. My studies were completed in 2010 after gaining a BA(Hons) Degree in Creative Arts, a First was awarded by Buckingham University via the OCA.
I need a challenge- something to make me interact with society and apart from exhibiting my work in solo exhibitions, I am a member of professional organisations who require their members to submit their work for selection. To add to the pressure, I also enter competitions and in 2011 I was a Selected Artist in OPEM1 at The Collection, Lincoln in 2011.
Memberships to date are with the Lincolnshire Artists’ Society, the Contemporary Crafts Network, Artist Directory, International Felt Association, EMVAN, Textile Directory and I am a volunteer administrator for the artists gallery – Sam Scorer, Drury Lane, Lincoln. Supported by my Husband, Brian, I look forward to my continued involvement with these organisations and as well as with TAFA.
Much of my work is site specific. Working methods include hand-made felting processes incorporating traditional and contemporary techniques. Wool fibres predominate, integrated with plant and cellulose fibres, to create unusual shapes and textures. Inviting interaction and personal confrontation with life and its unexpected pathways.
I have developed a reputation for creating striking, fascinating and unusual fibre art, many examples of which are in private collections. Combining textile technique with a diverse range of challenging materials, my work is inspired by my environment and a desire to push boundaries whilst creating an impact to promote greater understanding of human frailty.