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Having studied Contemporary Textile Practice in Cardiff as a mature student in my 40s, I worked for a number of years as a freelance designer in digital design for retail visual display – highlights including windows and in-store for Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, Birmingham and Leeds – and specialised in hand-made rug design, collaborating with manufacturers in the UK, India and Nepal, along with textile design for fabric, digital photography, wall art and greetings cards.
I returned to Dorset in 2008, where I had grown up, to care for my parents in their last years, after which I became bed-bound with ME/CFS for a number of years, and my creative work was put aside. However, some of the time, I managed to keep stitching abstract needlepoints pieces and I have now made some of these stitchings into framed pieces.
I play with colour and shape, balance and harmony. How things do or don’t work together, according to my inner eye, is what plays with my curiosity. They become a dialogue between myself and the viewer and listener. And as my health improves, slowly but surely, this is for me a welcome but tentative return to sharing some of my creativity.