Growing up in London I was always being creative making things, drawing and painting. My childhood dreams about being a fashion designer turned into dreams of designing wallpaper and fabrics. As a young adult, my creative abilities turned to secretarial work and displaying words on paper as a legal secretary for nine years.
Choosing to see some of the world, I travelled around Italy and moved to America. There the secretarial work became marketing material designs merging my creativeness, intuitiveness and my interest in complementary therapies, by working for holistic practitioners.
Returning to England 9 years later I finally learnt to use coloured glass as a medium for my designs using the Tiffany or copper foil method. I have always loved the way coloured glass comes to life and glows when hanging in a window. I resisted making jewellery for a long time, but gave in to the temptation of so many beautiful glass beads and created suncatchers called Kites with glass bead tails.
Needing a more creative outlet than simply art, I was drawn into the world of card making tempted by all things glittery, sparkly and colourful. I also enjoying knitting and sewing. When I came across beautiful hand-dyed Welsh yarns I found a way of turning them into art by creating colourful tapestries When looking at them I found myself thinking of special moments which I then wrote on the tapestry's mounting. I seem to have a passion for collecting the wonderous new yarns that are now available. I spend my evenings knitting scarves and then weaving yarns and ribbons through them and finishing them with sequins and buttons. Because each one is unique, they sell really well. I was even commissioned to create a very large textile and created The Wall by knitting the "bricks".
I'll be 50 this summer and rather than be worried about the quick passage of time, I've decided to embrace it and myself. My two boys are 16 and 17 this year and so I'm able to step back and spend more of my energies on myself and my creations. We live on a farm in Devon, a mile from other humans, but are completely surrounded by animals, both wild and farmed. I absolutely love it and am thriving here. When I want a change of scenery, the coast is just 20 minutes away. I'm doing more exhibitions and shows than ever and intend to increase my sales, so I can buy more fun stuff to play with!
Several times a year I take advantage of my great administration gifts, by organising art and craft shows with my friend Wendy, under the name of Axminster Artisans. We have a very good reputation for showing quality handicrafts and a wide diversity of good artwork. We display them well and people now look out for our shows.
So much creative energy behind such a mixture of skills and talents, means I usually have several projects on the go and many ideas for future ones! I hope you enjoy my art as much as I do making it.