Whilst studying an arts foundation course at Worcester Technical College, I discovered a movement called ‘Arte Povera’. This was founded by impoverished Italian art students during the 60’s and they used recycled materials for their creations, one of which was wire. I now have a passion for knitting and manipulating wire and this has evolved into making jewellery, jugs, teapots, plaques and candle holders with my work evolving all the time.
After attending a two year City and Guilds course in machine embroidery I started to experiment with different fibres and textures, fusing layers of materials overlaid with free machinery embroidery in vibrant iridescent colours. I use these unusual bases for collages and make textile beads to incorporate into my wire jewellery.
I have used my skill in manipulating materials into making fine paper shoes. These are made in a variety of colours using handmade paper and overlaid with hand printing.