I love textiles! The colours, textures, the way they are made, their cultural and historical meanings – all of these things fascinate me. I have collected textiles for as long as I can remember. Often I see something in a fabric that fires my imagination straight away. Other times I just have to have that piece of cloth and keep it for decades before the right project presents itself.
I am thrilled to be a full-time maker. I have a studio in West Berkshire where I make lampshades and upholster furniture surrounded by my beautiful textile collection. I have a stock of lampshades, as well as a sideline in beeswax food wraps, on my online shop. If you already have an idea in mind, I am always happy to work with you to bring your vision into reality. I have lots of examples of my upholstery work and my lampshades to inspire you. Please email me with your ideas.
As a young child I went to adult weaving classes, knitted clothes for my octopus teddy, and designed my own reversible trousers for my first-year uniform for secondary school. Textiles were central to my higher education through theatre design and, later, the history of design. I have also spent time researching textiles for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Royal Palaces’ costumed interpreters. Most of my career has been spent in museums: installing the Brighton Museum clothing gallery, curating an exhibition with collections across Oxfordshire, and 12 years at the Ashmolean Museum. For most of my time there I was Chair of Oxford Asian Textile Group. My upholstery training for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers has been with the wonderful British School of Upholstered Furniture.
“Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the diction of the materials”
– Anni Albers, textile artist