I’ve always loved drawing and being creative. As a child, growing up in rainy England, I loved nothing more than spending the afternoon with paper, boxes, glue and tape. When I was pregnant with my first son, a friend lent me her sewing machine and showed me how to make some things for the nursery and I was hooked. I started making gifts for people but it wasn’t until we moved to Dallas four years ago, that I started to turn them into prints and cards
I use my needle as my pencil and fabrics as my paint. I use both free style embroidery and hand embroidery to create everyday scenes of life. I love hunting for antique lace, buttons and handkerchief, or using old fabric to make something new. I’ve always been a visual person and often when I’m at church or just by myself I hear or read something and a picture comes to mind. I hope to encourage people to look at the normal, mundane and ordinary and see something deeper and more spiritual. My favorite commission so far has been when a friend brought around her Grandma’s old sewing things and I had the joy of turning these wonderful treasures into a new piece, I used her old measuring tape as the petals of a flower and her handkerchief as a jug, weaving in ribbon, lace and even passages from her notebook. It was such a treat to be led by these much loved materials.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think the role of the artist is to show a truth or reality in a fresh way, to make people stop and ponder, connect beauty with the heart and mind while instilling awe and wonder. I feel my style is a little ‘tongue in cheek’, it’s whimsical and hopefully has a lightness to it. I also feel my heart is to encourage people to be creative themselves, we were all born creative, something just gets stuck as we get older. A two year old does not need convincing that their mark making is good, they know their lines are a dinosaur or fairy, it’s only later on that they need that encouragement to trust their instincts.