I am an artist, designer, maker, craftsperson, mother, partner , burner of toast, tripper over of cats, homework helper, bed maker, food provider, shop assistant, gardener/plant assassin, amateur family therapist, market trader, planner, worrier, and gazer out of windows.
I am mother to two amazing daughters, partner to a long suffering, supportive thatcher man and, on an ideal day, I’m also an artist. A lot of the time the domestic stuff gets in the way and, in my opinion, housework should be banned!
I trained in illustration and graphic design at Bath Art College where, in my final year, I began making objects out of papier mache; some decorative but useful pieces such as mirrors and vases and some purely for fun. On leaving, I continued making these and sold through craft fairs and galleries in the south west.
After living in Cornwall for two years I then settled in Shaftesbury with my partner and this is where our daughters were born. We live in a little Victorian terraced house with a very long, thin garden, at the bottom of which, is my studio. This has just the right amount of windows to gaze out of so I can get lots and lots of ideas.
I have found inspiration in many places including the natural world, medieval adult dating manuscript illustrations, decorative folk art and British folk tales. Recently, like a lot of people, I have become more aware of the talents of many 20th century British artists such as Eric Ravillious and his beautiful watercolours and lithographs, and I love visiting Charleston in Sussex erstwhile home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. These all influence my creative output and provide great pleasure.
On a day when I work a shift at the Cygnet Gallery, the fantastic artists co-operative in town where I sell my work, I walk the steep, cobbled road of Gold Hill to Swans Yard where the gallery, a cafe and a couple of other lovely independent stores can be found.
Having a family and being an artist generally run quite happily side by side and I try to put enough time and energy into both so that neither children, husband nor creativity suffer too acutely from neglect.