Following in my mother's and grandmother's footsteps I have continued to keep the tradition of sewing in our family alive. To spend hours filling in the stitches on cross-stitch kits was quite a treat from an early age.
At college realising that I was quite happy meticulously stitching by hand, I decided I had better go to University to learn more, the course I chose was specific but turned out to be just perfect.
Since graduating with an Embroidery degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 I have continued to explore some poignant themes. These have included creative and personal aspects of my family history, heritage and an insight into old crafts.
I aim to challenge the perceptions of a traditional craft in today's society, by harnessing the laborious processes of traditional hand embroidery and patchwork, and combining these with digital prints of old family documents, I am able to create textile keepsakes that retain a contemporary feel.
As well as investigating my own heritage I am quite happy working with other peoples to make individual commissions. I can create precious, personal keepsakes for you from old documents, photographs and artefacts; be it to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday or to remember the life of a loved one.