I have been living in the lovely Georgian City of Bath for many years.
I was a member of Bath Textile Artists for ten years, making and exhibiting jewellery, collages and textiles.
After winning a number of awards in the late 90’s, I applied, and was accepted into Quilt Art (the International quiltmaking group) about 16 years ago, and we celebrate our 30th anniversary next year, with another international touring exhibition, accompanied by a book. (www.quiltart.eu)
We try to produce an exhibition with book every 2 or 3 years, and these then tour throughout Europe. Our last exhibition was in Russia and we have also just ended a long tour in the USA.
My work has been based for many years on Venice, a city that I visit often – I am interested in the decay and beauty, the silence of the calles and the contrast of the tourists, the history of past lives, and the disintegration of this unique place.
|detritus Venice, 100 x 150 cm|
|Venice Light, 90 x 137 cm|
My work is abstract and becoming more collage than quilted textile – having specialized in embroidery, I now like to ‘distress’ that with over painting, collaging, use of paper, card, flashing, matting, scrim and netting, but always using a small point of interest to make the viewer think further into the piece.
|Venice Wall Tracks|
My new work is based on Seam/Stress – the word ties in neatly with the hardships of the seamstresses of the past – unknown women (invariably) whose work went unacknowledged, yet was so exquisite.