I am a textile, collage and fine artist, inspired by landscape, plants, flowers, lacelike spaces, changing light and shadow.  Much of my current work has developed over the last 12 years, initially as a response to hydrangea flowers, and taking the form of large stitched, distressed and coloured paper lacy hangings, to be used either in fashion or interiors.  I sold some of these pieces to Alexander McQueen, and more recently developed them into a set of ‘Paper Lace Gardens’, reflecting the changing seasons in the gardens of Killerton House, as part of a collaborative exhibition with Exeter College called ‘The Nature of Fashion’.  I have used the same technique of stitching and distressing papers and silks to create collaged art pieces, inspired by the footpaths, hedgerows and gardens of the south west and by the cut flowers I enjoy having in the house.  Collaged papers and silks are also used to capture the wide open horizons of hills and coast, which change all the time according to season, time of day, weather.I originally worked in the clothing industry, in particular designing and producing pure silk and cotton lingerie and nightwear. I later completed a Degree in Textiles and Surface Pattern as a mature student, for which I received a First, and moved into teaching Art and Design in Further Education, as well as developing and exhibiting my own work. This year I have reduced my teaching commitments in order to focus on the latter. 

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