A little something about me…

I’ve been making ever since I was small! You could always find me happily absorbed in craft projects; quilling, fimo, decoupage… to name a few. I was always experimenting with different materials melting wax to create flowers! ( not sure how safe that was!), marbling with PVA! I can’t imagine a life without creativity !

I still enjoy experimenting with different materials and craft is still at the heart of what I do, but it`s about making the craft my own and I do that through play and experimentation. I now make jewellery, which I treat like wearable works of art, paper art and installations. After studying a mixed media degree in Fine Art in the friendly city of Cardiff, I moved to London to do a two year MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. I began my degree by painting, but soon started creating miniature paper installations and by the time I started my MA I was creating room sized textile installations. I now use a mixture of fabric, paper, wood, perspex, which I laser cut to create my work.

I am passionate about spreading the word about how wonderful creativity is! so I do lots of workshops and projects with different communities from school children to adults suffering with mental health difficulties. Two years ago I started a postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, which I loved! (I have almost completed it). Last October I had my beautiful baby girl Ruby! I`ve been popping into my studio whenever she sleeps!

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inspiration

Pattern design and laser cutting in Clitheoe…


We finished our circular patterns…we`re not sure entirely how we will use these maybe to create a three- dimensional card or picture…

We carried on working on our beak books….

We designed bookmarks taking inspiration from this one i found at a heritage venue….

Here is one of the designs….we`re going to get all the bookmark designs cut out of walnut…


Stretford print finishers…


In my role as Arts and Health Officer for Blackpool Arts Service, artist Philip Davenport has been working with my Arts for Health groups to create a beautiful book, which will include the groups` images, stories and poetry, which all link to the beautiful Blackpool archive. Friday was sooo exciting as we went to Stretford print finishers, where the books will be bound and foil block printed….

We chose the cloth we want to use….

and decided we wanted our book to look old fashioned with gold foil block lettering on the front and spine.

Textile fair finds….


I`ve been going for a few years now and usually i`m there (fairly) early and come back with lots of things….i wasn`t feeling too well….but i struggled there…. these are my finds….

I bought this for a close friend who is getting married in April, we decided her dress needed a bracelet so i`m going to change this beautiful art deco belt buckle into one.

I couldn`t resist this beautiful netting…..i think it may inspire me to make some headpieces…

The most beautiful invitation….


I received this very exciting handmade invite to a wedding from a very close friend……..

I can`t believe how beautiful it is….it makes me feel like it`s going to be a very special wedding!