My sewing life began as a child creating dolls clothes, without patterns, on a treadle Singer sewing machine. I inherited a love of handwork from my maternal grandmother and the drive to make do from my practical mother. Both desires meet in my creative art works. Over the years I’ve attended many workshops to learn new skills and techniques. I have also found travelling and exploring other cultures has enhanced my love of handmade works and knowledge of textiles.
My work has two facets. On the one hand I enjoy making semi-traditional quilts, (so called because I don’t always follow the rules) and on the other I aim to stretch my creativity by responding to quilt ‘challenges’ and following my interests in vintage textiles. My current personal challenge is to take my accumulated learning and my love of vintage textiles and create something new from an old craft.
Reinterpreting, revisioning landscape (of Isle of Harris)
Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 114x104cm (H x W)
Statement: An impressionist interpretation of the rocky hills of the Outer Hebrides where crofters have lived for centuries close to the land.Inspired by memories of visiting the Isles of Lewis and Harris, including photographs taken in 1988, this piece re-purposes Harris tweed and woollen pieces purchased in Scotland.
Exhibitions: Art Quilt Australia 2019