To work with the hand is paramount. I have always been creatively driven, dabbling in all sorts of craft. By nature I am an observer and collector, gathering scraps of fabric, magazines, postcards and photographs along my travels, slowly building my textile archive. To me, pursuing textiles just made sense.
Busy sketches alongside scribbled notations express my initial impressions, as my ideas begin to cultivate. Then follows hours of research, rummaging through boxes of gathered bits, a desk of disarray, scrap paper and splattered ink. My naïve style contradicts the pandemonium in my process. Through my chaos I am able to find tranquillity, creating imaginative illustrations. My innocent and sometimes waggish aesthetic is a reflection of the buoyant outlook we have as children, an unchanging muse of mine.
Print and pattern making gives me a voice: to tell a story or to evoke thought. My designs may appear light hearted but my approach is resolute. Personal attitudes and views form the undertones of my work, I see textiles as a tool for expression. It is my strongest belief that we must live harmoniously with nature, as individuals we have a responsibility to preserve all that is good and beautiful. As a designer I endeavor to create meaningful and sustainable fabric to support this notion.
As I evolve, so do the themes that underpin my work. I am excited to grow, as I move forward and continue to learn in the field of textile art and design.