I work in my studio in the North of England, creating a range of designs that can be used in several different markets. My style often has a geometric base, and I also like to take influences from traditional textiles skills as well as up-coming trends. My work can be purchased as a design concept or in repeats, and can also be colour-indexed. I love to work with new clients to bring something unique to their brand, and am available for licensing or commissions.
Drawing, designing, making and creating have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although I originally trained in computing and worked in that industry, I returned to studying as a mature student and gained a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. In addition to all the technical knowledge, one highlight of my time studying was when I was commissioned to produce fabric for an Italian designer – it was so exciting to see my fabrics used in his Milan catwalk show.
Whilst still studying, I started teaching in a specialist Art College. I continued teaching there for ten years in a variety of roles and departments. In 2013 I decided to move on from that career and I now focus on my freelance surface pattern work.
I still love to learn new techniques and processes, and also to share what I learn with others. Through the power of the internet I have met many wonderful and talented designers, and taken part in many design challenges.
Although originally “a Southerner”, I currently live in Yorkshire – a beautiful and varied county with lots of lovely places to visit. We have been here over 20 years now, but still have much to explore. I share my studio space with my studio dog, Piran. A large and friendly labradoodle, he loves to sleep with his head against the castors of my chair. I think it’s his way of making sure that I keep working, but he doesn’t forget to remind me when it’s time to take a break and go for a walk. Walking with Piran is great thinking time, and I am often inspired by the small details – natural and manmade – that I notice as we wander along. Most of the local people now recognise us and are used to me stopping and photographing some apparently random detail on the ground or in their garden!
I hope you enjoy looking around the site – it is still very much in development and it would be great to hear your comments!