I discovered embroidery and stitching as a contemporary medium while completing a foundation art course in 1976. A sewing machine was placed in front of me by my tutor and I have been behind one ever since creating multi-textural multi-layered abstract art textiles that have been exhibited Nationally & Internationally. My pieces have been acquired by many public and private collections.
I am reluctant to waste even a piece of thread from my machining, saving every scrap in a bag (...by me feet ) to be reused at some later date. Collecting & recycling fabric and thread, combining with paper, plastic and other materials is key to the work. Many procedures of handpainting, printing, texturing, embossing, stitching and overlaying build up each piece which is given structure and detail using hand stitching and freemotion embroidery
Travel has been a major inspiration in early work during and after college years having travelled extensively throughout Egypt, South East Asia, Japan and Australasia, and in later years through trips to Europe. The land and sea scapes where I live in Devon play their part in recent work trying to capture the transient everchanging light and mood of my surroundings.
Recently, due to the sobering circumstances brought about by the current Pandemic I have been revisiting old works and techniques that I had forgotten. This rekindling has led to an outburst of new works that have suprised and excited me, pulling me back into my love for the textile medium.