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 potential for innovation. I’ve created quilts for Liberty, exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, designed campaigns for companies including Kettlechips, Pukka Tea and have created unique pieces for hospitals, private clients and hotels 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.
I am very excited to announce that I am exhibiting at CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2019 along with several other RHS shows including Tatton and Chatsworth, Hampton Curt Palace and Wisely. This will be an amazing opportunity to see my showcase of new products including sumptuous velvet poufs and pillows, kimono jackets and British made silk scarves.
Over the coming months I am setting up a new studio in the South West near Bristol and will begin to create a new series of large embroideries which will celebrate our natural environment and how we need to look after it.
I no longer teach Guild Workshops or talks unless they are close to the Bristol Area. In 2019 I will be teaching a special workshop at the beautiful Chateaux Dumas in France.