Originating from a background in paint, paper cutting, and photography there had always been something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but my work was so textural that the clues were all there. Therefore, the transition from painter to textile artist was an organic one.
I graduated with a B.A. Hons in Contemporary Fine Art from The University of Bolton in 2011 but didn’t do anything creatively until 2017. Enrolling on a Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art at The University of Salford in 2018 gave me the creative focus that I yearned for. During this time my work turned to autobiographical themes and the nurturing home life that my parents created for me. The medium of stitch fitted beautifully into the subject of the work with the focus on home, family memories, and the familiarity of loved ones. The comforting and meditative method of stitch proved very soothing in recent mentally unchartered territories.
With the stresses and strains of everyday life, we could all benefit from finding a meditative state of mind on a regular basis. Relaxation is a bi-product of embroidery, and I have studied the art of flow which is the meditative state that we go into when absorbed in a project with the right conditions. During lockdown in June 2021, I completed another Masters level degree, PGCE 14+ in Art & Creative Practice, this has provided the opportunity to help people to enhance their creative skills. I would love to share the healing power of stitch with everyone in need of relaxation and escape.
I have found many lovely people within the textile community. It is a supportive and welcoming environment which provides great comfort in these uncertain times. It would be so rewarding to grow that community further, and to build on the new friendships that have happened as a result of this.
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