PLEASE NOTE -this site is now archived as I am taking an extended break from my textile work.
Welcome to my website. I am a textile artist living and working in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire. I have been making textiles using traditional ragwork techniques for nearly 20 years now. I have also long been a collector of antique rag rugs andregularly write and give talks about the history of British and North American rag rug making.
In 2010 I graduated from the University of Cumbria with an MA (Distinction) in Contemporary Applied Arts and over the two years of the course my artistic practice evolved considerably. I still use recycled textiles and ragwork techniques but now I combine them with more unusual materials and techniques to create purely conceptual work.
My MA research included the use of the colour red as a protective amulet in textiles; the beauty of worn and reused textiles and the 1930s house as a metaphor for duality.
To read some of my research papers on these topics go to my Academia.edu page.
To read my ongoing exhibition review blog go to my Blogspot page.
University of Cumbria colleague, Stella Adams-Schofield and I formed The Read Threads textile group in 2010. Our intention is to both exhibit textiles and also to research and write about them collaboratively. Visit The Read Threads website to read about our 2011 residency and exhibition at Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre in Sedbergh. Our residency was featured on the British Craft and Design Month website and in the May/June 2011 issue of Craft & Design Magazine.
Our residency and exhibition at Farfield Mill received funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England