Tapestry weaving is my artistic outlet. I live and weave near the sea in Christchurch, Dorset, observing nature in the rhythms of tides and seasons. My weavings are meditations on colour, space and perspective.
Figures of women feature strongly in my work. I look for their inner sense to reflect wider concerns and tell a story. They are survivors – strong, powerful and united. Often, they have a hidden sense of playful mischief that coexists within their serious messages.
I often use the word Gaia in the titles of my work, inspired by a 5th century Coptic weaving in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London, and the Gaia theory of a self- regulating planet. I am concerned about the loss of the natural world and our alienation from it, the impact of global changes on the weather and the land and the loss of rituals particularly of grief and mourning. My weavings are about transition and change and the fragility and strength of our journey over the landscape and through life.
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Tapestry Weaving and a Professional Development Diploma in Tapestry and Textile Art from West Dean College.
I belong to the British Tapestry Group and exhibit with the national group and particularly the South East Group.
I also belong to the Christchurch and District Arts Group (CADArts).
I have exhibited in international exhibitions in the USA, Australia and Canada with the American Tapestry Alliance and Tapestry Touring International.