About My Background
Originally, I studied fashion at Central St Martins, graduating with a Masters in 1994 and going on to set up my own fashion label that emphasised a unique and distinctive use of embroidery and layering of textiles to create textured garments that were distinctive in both look and feel.
I designed for and worked with Whistles, Koh-Samui, The Cross, The Spice Girls, Zoe Ball and Denise Van Outen. My work was featured in The New York Times, New York Post, Hello! Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard and Time Out.
However, I was leaning more to creating pieces that were as much to be looked at as worn. In the early 2000’s I began to apply the techniques I had developed for my fashion designs to pictures. From 2004 I showed in galleries in Central London, exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair London and New York along with shows at Selfridges, Nigel Hall Menswear, The Quality Chop House and Cockpit Arts.
Then life got in the way with two kids and a move to Shanghai, China for my partners work in 2010. What was supposed to be a 2 year posting ended up being 4 years there, followed immediately by another 4 years in Mexico City, Mexico. My studio contents and equipment were left behind in UK storage and we travelled extensively, so I had little chance to produce new finished pieces. But the cultural experiences were inspiring and I continued develop new techniques, approaches and materials to bring to my work on my return to UK.
Since returning in late 2018 I have been fully re-engaging with my craft and am now producing new pieces that build on my earlier work, enriched with the vibrant colours of Asia and Latin America.