I live and weave in North Somerset having moved here from Birmingham .
I design and hand weave textiles from natural fibres in a range of weights, crafting scarves, shawls, blankets, bags and cushion covers.
I have 3 looms, a small 4 shaft loom which I use for demonstration and teaching purposes, an 8 shaft table loom and a 16 shaft floor loom
My adventure as a weaver began whilst at the Birmingham Institute for Art and Design, where I went in 2000 to study Textile design with my focus being on Embroidery. As part of the course I was introduced to weaving and my love affair began. Embroidery was sidelined! The discipline, mathematics and order of weaving suited my personality and I graduated with a BA (Hons) 2.1.
I have the propensity to design with a ‘what if’ thought process; commencing with a given structure and exploring what might happen if I change an element, whether that be the fibre, colour mix or more often the lift sequence.
I also teach weaving to young and old and demonstrate at local Craft organisations and Fairs.
Poulton-le-Fylde College of Education.
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design