How do I do what I do?
The technique I now use was initially developed as a way of combining my two greatest passions: drawing and stitching during my Embroidered Textiles degree studies. It is often called needle painting, drawing with a needle, free motion machine embroidery or free-hand machine embroidery.
I use ordinary sewing threads and pieces of fabric as a palette to create densely stitched “portraits of people” in situations sometimes real, sometimes not. Whilst the stitches have a painterly effect the technique distorts the fabric which I view as a reminder of our connection to cloth as both protection and decoration that goes back to the dawn of mankind and continues to this day.
I love to re-use and upcycle where possible; it’s something I’ve always done, right from my first sewing escapades on my grandmother’s hand propelled singer sewing machine back in the 60’s (yes, I started VERY young!) I source my materials from my extensive stash cultivated from 30 years as a couturier, from charity shops, jumble sales, cast offs, overstock and waste from garment manufacturing.
I’m a bit of a magpie and love a shot of bling so I add broken jewellery, beads, ribbons; anything I can get my hands on, really.
What can I do for you?
Commissions are a result of conversations with you to discuss what it is you want me to interpret, the colours, scale etc. to create a “stitched portrait” that celebrates the topic. I’m happy to do landscapes, houses etc in addition to people.
Please see my gallery for inspiration.
As a qualified tutor I regularly design and deliver textile courses, classes and retreats both through my own Sewing School and for a variety of clients. Previous clients include Local Adult Education providers, City and Guilds, The Embroiderers Guild, private groups and even HBO!
I also create online courses for Udemy and UAL.(University of the Arts, London)
If you are interested in attending one of my creative classes or booking me for your venue or group then check out my students gallery for inspiration or contact me so we can talk.