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A short bio

As a child of about six years of age, I enjoyed working with textiles and completed a hexagon cushion cover from an aunt’s scrap basket, which I have to this day!

Many years later, I accompanied my husband to stay in Washington DC, USA. During those three years my love of patchwork was rekindled and I not only joined a quilt group but ended up running patchwork and quilting classes.This continued on our return to England, where, for several years, I taught City and Guilds Creative Studies in Patchwork and Quilting.

To further my own studies I completed a BA (Honours) Fine Arts degree at Chichester University where I worked in textiles and film making, including animation.

Since graduating I continue to explore and exhibit the creative use of textiles, thread and paper. I also make film and soundscapes, even incorporating traditional patterns of patchwork in the film structure.

Personal Statement

I USE PATTERN AND REPETITION AND WORK BOTH WITH VISUAL LAYERS AND LAYERS OF MEANING. THIS IS MY WAY OF MAKING SENSE OF THE CHAOS AND CACOPHONY OF MODERN LIFE AND ITS MULTIPLICITY OF CONCERNS.

MY WORK OFTEN REFLECTS ASPECTS OF SOCIAL INTERACTION SUCH AS COMMUNICATION OF THOUGHT AND EMOTION THROUGH FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, COLOUR AND LANGUAGE.

MY CORE PRACTICE IS PATCHWORK WHERE CUTTING APART AND REASSEMBLING – DESTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION – ARE KEY ELEMENTS, WHETHER I AM WORKING WITH TEXTILES, FILM, SOUND OR WITH FOUND MATERIALS, PARTICULARLY THOSE OF PAPER.

I EXPECT MY WORK TO BE INITIALLY SEEN AND ENJOYED AS PATTERN AND COLOUR. ON FURTHER INSPECTION, THE MULTIPLE LAYERS OF IMAGES AND SOMETIMES SOUNDS ALLOW A DEEPER SPECTRUM OF INTERPRETATION.

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