I studied Design for Handweaving at Bradford College of Art. Much of the work I do is still inspired to some extent, by themes I worked on then:
I’m currently working a lot with paper yarns, which is something I experimented with for my ‘African banknotes’ series at college: I had recently made trips to Swaziland and Rwanda, and spare currency is something I always like to keep as a souvenir. I like to mix the paper with natural fibre yarns such as linen, wool and silk.
Producing texture in my work is also important, so I often use the different properties of yarns and fibres to produce interesting end results in woven fabric. Woven fabric is rarely ‘finished’ when it comes off the loom, and there are different treatments such as steaming or ironing recommended for different yarns – so when they are mixed you can ‘plan’ for a particular end result, but sometimes serendipity plays a part too…
I’m a member of Peter Tavy Guild of weavers/spinners and dyers, which I helped to set up in 1997. I am also a member of Drawn to the Valley - a group of artists based around the Tamar Valley.
I was also a member of Textile Forum Southwest which sadly disbanded after its final exhibition – ‘Mapping the Future’ at The Brewhouse, Taunton in 2012.
You can see some more examples of my work on my Gallery page.