My interest in textiles and art developed during my time in secondary school and was furthered through specialist study within higher education. Subsequently, I worked as a secondary school teacher specialising in textiles and art. Further to this I was a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University where I was predominantly involved with teacher education trainees studying modules in Design andTechnology and Art.
Working with children, young and older adults, throughout my career, has provided many memorable moments. Creative engagement can be a challenging experience as we explore new ideas, techniques and reflect on our beliefs and attitudes. This iterative process between learner and tutor has led to many enjoyable and stimulating encounters which have provoked my own thoughts and reflections, enabled barriers to be overcome and led ultimately to self fulfilment.
I have through out my career developed skills in a range of techniques including textile construction, surface pattern and enhanced stitch work. Additionally, I have been committed to furthering my own practice through attending summer schools, workshops and courses which I continue to do. These have been invaluable in introducing new media, skills and techniques and furthering my development as an artist.
I have been inspired by the works of the Impressionist artists for many years, in particular Turner and Monet and contemporary artists: David Tress and Ross Loveday.