Sustainability is at the heart of my practice. The desire to take an ethical approach has driven a shift from using conventional art and textile materials into exploring found objects, gathered materials and natural processes. The work that I make is process led. I gather the materials that are available to me, testing, sampling and exploring them to find possibilities using my textiles-based skill set and techniques borrowed from soft basketry. I make sculptural works, bringing different materials together to form tactile surfaces and structures.
Establishing my allotment garden as a source of materials for my work has provided a space where I can experiment, exploring the potential of what grows there, planted and wild, as well as other materials found on the plot. Materials are produced, gathered and processed seasonally and are hard-won: There may only be a small batch of each type of usable material each year. As a result, each bundle of dandelion stems, bramble fibre or hand processed flax is enormously precious by its scarcity and the meaning attached to it through its sourcing and hand-processing
Following a first career in nature conservation, I studied Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles at Bradford School of Art (2011), followed by an MA in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University (2019). I have had work acquired by Bodelain Libraries, Oxford, Newcastle City Library, the International Quilt Museum, Lincoln Nebraska and the Ahmanson Collection, USA. I was commissioned by the clothing company TOAST and Kettles Yard, Cambridge for their Re-New project in 2019. I am published by Batsford (2015 and 2022) and have produced a number of self-published titles.