I am a freelance designer-maker, applied artist, crafts-woman, whatever you want to call me – I stitch stuff by hand; fabric, metal, porcelain, leather, vitreous enamel.. . My work is various, it depends whether I am working for myself, in a group with other artists or to commission. But whatever I do is slow to make; detailed hand stitching in any material whether in silk, linen, wool or wire takes time, consequently my work is slow to evolve so I have decided to make this blog, to show what I am doing, who I am working with, how I work and also how I think.
I want to show the work behind ‘”Her Work” not just the finished thing. The journey from the first idea, searching, researching, drawing, sampling and eventually the finished piece; my own reactions to it, and hopefully yours, is what I want to record here. I show past work that is still inspirational, sketchbooks, studio workshops and samples of current projects. I will also show other things that influence or visually stimulate me, exhibitions, books, whatever….
You will be able to watch my work progress, or not; maybe by seeing all this more people will come to value making that is manufactured by the hand, the eye and the heart.
Since starting this blog in May 2010, I have developed a new venture – Heart Space Studios ( from my yoga practice ” put your Hands in your Heart Space”) and it is a space for all things textile. Based in Bristol, England, we run workshops, exhibit and sell textile inspired stuff, run clubs for textile enthusiasts, hire out studios to people who need space and even conduct textile parties for children and adults. This has made the blog more varied as I am continually fascinated by the textiles that other people make in the studios, but I still endeavor to make and comment on my own work.
Ehrman Tapestry published a short video of me in 2013, talking about various projects with images of my work, studios, garden and home; look out for a quick glimpse of my Fox Terrier, Daisy.
I retain copyright on all images and writing used on this site. If you wish to use any images on your own personal blog or website, please inform me and/or any event give my name and blog address as attribution. Thankyou