I'm a single parent with two teenage sons working full time within the Business School at Bournemouth University. My working career spancs 30+ years in various PA and admin roles in a whole range of organisations. I'm used to dealing with people and seem to become involved in a whole range of 'problem solving' issues!
Fibre and thread are my passion, and I love creating things with them. This has led me to become a life member of The Guild of Machine Knitters among other things. I've completed a distance learning ICS course in Dressmaking, some City & Guilds Machine Embroidery courses (Levels 1, 2 & 3) as well as spending some time as a student with the Open College of the Arts (OCA) studying units in Textiles and completing textiles-related short courses at Arts University Bournemouth covering screenprinting, textile embellishment and basic beadworking skills. As you can imagine, all of these have broadened my creative horizons.
I'd like to say thanks to my family and friends for their support with my endeavours, which at times involve interesting if not bizarre requests for assistance!
There are so many sources of inspiration that it's difficult to narrow things down. Yes I'm inspired by nature, yes I'm inspired by architecture - all of the classic choices.
But sometimes it's a snippet of conversation, something that someone mentions that is personal to them that starts my mind working. This is especially true when I make items for individuals that I know. The person - who and what they are, their interests - influence the end result exponentially and before I know it ideas are flowing.
The Black & White Cat Wall Hanging that I made for my Auntie (see top left corner of page) is a prime example of this. An overheard conversation between her and my Mum put a spark of an idea in my mind, and before I knew it the idea had taken off!