Since retirement from Academia, I enjoy exploring my creativity through mixed media and stitched textiles. I have studied with Tracy A Franklin (Royal School of Needlework at Durham) for traditional hand embroidery and, creative contemporary stitched textiles with Sian Martin at (Distant Stitch).

Inspiration comes mainly from the natural environment. I draw influence from my surroundings whether that be the landscape, geology and industrial heritage of an area, or a country-side or sea-side walk. I enjoy travel, exploring wide vistas, wild places, fine architecture, museums, galleries and different cultural experiences.

In my themes, I look for the fine detail to explore new ideas.  My works in mixed media and stitch draw on skills of traditional hand embroidery alongside contemporary techniques.  I dye my own materials using procion dyes, natural sources as well as rusty objects creating colour and patterns on fabrics, threads and paper. The sometimes unexpected textural and colourful results inspire abstract interpretations in my work.  I enjoy manipulating digital images of my original works to highlight and emphasise the unusual.

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Group Membership:

I am a member of:

Interface Arts Durham. an exhibiting group of creative artists from Co. Durham (This link goes to an external web page).

Society for Embroidered Work. an online international group of textiles artists promoting 'Stitched Art Is Art!' (This link goes to an external web page).

Take a Stitch 2 Durham an Independent Stitch Group, from Durham and the surrounding area. (This link goes to an external web page).

Richmond & Leyburn Creative Stitchers, an Independent Stitch Group in North Yorkshire.

I am also a member of the Embroiderers' Guild UK, the Quilters' Guild and one of a small group of fellow textile enthusiasts called 'Green Stitch'.

Forthcoming and Recent Exhibitions:

  • 2021: Elements, Artists in the Scientific Landscape 31st July - 1st October 2021: Locomotion, Shildon, Co Durham.
  • 2020: Post Art 2020: Spectrum Studios, Seaham, Co.Durham.
  • 2019: East meets West: Interface Arts, The Oriental Museum, Durham City.
  • 2019: Travels in Stitch: Durham City Embroiderers' Guild, Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham.
  • 2019: Regional Exhibition: Embroiderers' Guild UK AGM, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Earlier exhibitions organised by the North-East Region, and Durham City Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, and the Quilters' Guild at:
    • Belsay Hall, Belsay, Northumberland;
    • World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, Durham;
    • Durham Cathedral;
    • Ripon Cathedral;
    • Farfield Mill, Sedbergh;
    • Emmanuel College, Gateshead.

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