I am a British designer-maker from Cheshire in the North West of England, producing unique embroidered artworks. Drawing freely with thread on a domestic sewing machine, I convey my complex organic designs onto linen and canvas with energy and precision.
From embroidered illustrations, to large-scale artworks and commemorative quilts, my dynamic embroideries showcase the highest levels of craft and technique, layering appliqué with intense stitching and hand-sewn beads, so the works shimmer with magical depth and catch the changing light. Every piece is meticulously made, labour-intensive, intuitive, and unique. Embroidery is an exciting medium, with endless possibilities and I’m a passionate ambassador of stitch. This amazing, historic and humble communicative medium can really pack a punch.
I am an experienced teacher, and I travel around the world to lead workshops and lecture on the creative potential of drawing with stitch. In early 2017, my travels took me to Australia for six weeks, where I lead my ‘Superstitchers’ workshops with beginners and accomplished embroiderers from all walks of life. Through the development of my ‘Superstitchers’ programme, and through talks, live demonstrations, student placements, films and lively social media content, I continue to promote the versatility and beauty of contemporary embroidery.
Through a huge variety of both public, commercial and private projects and commissions, I demonstrate embroidery’s craftsmanship and its potential for innovation. I’ve created quilts for Liberty, exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, designed campaigns for companies including Kettlechips and created unique pieces for hospitals, private clients and hotels. I have exhibited my work internationally. In 2016, I launched a range of luxury silk and velvet fabrics, using high-resolution photography and digital printing to create scarves, kimonos and jumpsuits from my designs.
In addition to my artworks I have created embroidered illustrations for books and editorial, including The Guardian, Selvedge magazine and BBC4.
My experience as a maker and a teacher has shown me embroidery’s power to inspire sharing, energy and creativity. Through my work, I aim to create new opportunities for interaction with this authentic and exciting medium.
Chelsea Flower Show - Artisan Retreat.
I have been invited to exhibit in a beautiful #Malvern collection summer house at Chelsea Flower Show this year in the Artisan Retreat area. I will be designing the interior and showing new embroideries, velvet poufs, cushions and silk scarves. I will also be planting outside which is a wonderful new experience!
The Cape of Empowerment.
Last year I collaborated with Pukka Herbs in Bristol as their creative ambassador for the Womankind range and created an international campaign to promote their beautiful Ayurvedic brand. This project was an amazing opportunity for me to combine my studio experience with my love of teaching, speaking about and promoting creativity.
To celebrate my Womankind project with PUKKA I have launched some new limited edition silk scarves here on my website based on embroideries from my archive and also in connection with the Cape of Empowerment.
I now have nearly 300 stitched clouds from people all over the world for my ongoing international project #Stitchacloud Embroidered clouds from women have arrived from as far as Australia to celebrate femininity and peace. Please see the stitch a cloud page for ongoing updates.