Living in the wild and beautiful West Penwith in Cornwall, UK, with my young son, surrounded by the sea, I am constantly inspired by the seasons, the weather, the colours, land and seascapes…tiny details of colour, shadows and patterns in rocks, plants, clouds and the many birds and wildlife, and fascinated by the energy of the landscape and its effect on the senses.
I’ve been teaching English Literature for 14 years but have recently hoped very much to dedicate more time to exploring and developing my artwork. I love to combine poetry with my work and am often inspired by lines in poetry and novels and the ‘colour’ of words as well as the rhythms, resonance and shapes of certain words together. I also like to ‘paint’ conversations and their movement and energies.
I was drawn to felting from knitting and crochet and practising with flowers, to experimenting with landscapes and sketching and love the way they grow, evolve and develop by an almost transformative magic. The colours and effects can be surprising and the layering of wet-felting and needle-felting, free from rules, can create very subtle depths. Making mistakes often results in happy accidents and the process for me is such a heartfelt one too and always one of celebration. I am learning about ethical fleeces, different fibres and textures and their effects and also combining unusual embellishments, as well as beads, sequins, wire and stitching. In looking forward to further exploration and new paths, my dream would be to develop my work into a full-time business. I have gained so much confidence with a number of local exhibitions, and with selling original work, cards and prints on a regular basis.