I am fascinated by the process of creating fabric from fibres through the craft of feltmaking. I enjoy choosing and working with the raw materials as the fibres gradually felt together and my designs are translated into finished pieces of handmade feltwork. Wool, my favourite natural material, is the main fibre in feltmaking and I use both dyed wool tops, and undyed fibres from different coloured sheep breeds (mainly British). Shetland and Blue-faced Leicester are particular favourites offering a range of beautiful natural colours to work with.  I add different fibres, such as silk, plus fabrics and stitch to create different textural effects in my felt. 

My work is principally inspired by architecture, modern and historic, and the natural environment. I concentrate on making sketchbook/journal covers, bags and wall art. All my bags and bookcovers are lined in either silk or cotton to complement the felt, with practical pockets for mobile phones, keys etc in the bags.  All bookcovers are sold with quality hard-covered sketchbooks or lined notebooks, and can be re-used with new books. 

 

I have completed City & Guilds Creative Crafts courses in Machine Embroidery (2006) and Feltmaking (2009) and am a member of the International Feltmakers Association (IFA), as well as the Leeds Felt Group.

I have exhibited in the IFA's 2011 regional exhibition 'In the Garden' in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Kendal, Cumbria.  In September 2012 I exhibited at the Cardigan Triangle Arts Day in Leeds, and in May 2013  at the Saltaire Arts Trail, Saltaire, West Yorkshire.  I took part in the Leeds Felt Group 'Aboreal Dreams' exhibition in February 2014 and in August 2015 I was one of the artists at Art in the Mill during the annual feva celebration.