Medium: Textile Art
“Over the last 15 years, visiting the Algarve became a restful place where I had more time to be creative and escape from my ‘day job’. When we wound up our business in 2013 we spent more and more time here, resulting in us now living approximately 6 months here and 6 months in Somerset in the UK.
I’ve always been passionate about making things and have explored many different crafts over the years including spinning and dyeing my own yarns from natural fibres. I discovered patchwork and quilting in 2002 and was totally hooked, making my own quilts, wall-hangings and smaller pieces; then becoming a Longarm quilter, so that I could more easily quilt my very large pieces plus finish customer quilt tops too. I particularly love the designing phase which has meant my work has grown and evolved over the years into producing more contemporary pieces, designing patterns for sale and producing many smaller gift items.
I would describe my work now as eclectic and integrative, and whilst I tend to use bold colours for large quilts, I am also drawn towards neutral and colours from nature for my more contemporary pieces.
My inspiration comes mainly from the natural landscapes I see around me. I love the coastline and woodlands both here and in the UK, but am also excited by the vibrant colour used in the traditional costumes of different cultures.
My contemporary pieces may include any combination of, for example, distressing, burning, folding, layering, painting, dyeing, embroidery, printing, stencilling, hand and machine stitching textiles to give the result I want. I predominately work with natural fibres like cotton, linen and silk, however I sometimes use other fibres to get the effect I’m looking to achieve.”
You can view more of her work via her gallery here. Click on any of the images to start the slideshow.