All my items are handmade to order
After attending The Handmade Festival for inspiration, I decided to reclaim my creativity, beginning with linocut. This is a wonderful medium which requires limited space and inexpensive equipment and linoprinting can be worked on in as little as 10 minutes a day. That's the length of time it takes to run the evening bath!
Over several months I became interested in block printing in bold autumnal colours onto lengths of fabric which could be made into handprinted cushions, curtains and kitchen linens. Soon I was covering dining chairs and making my own lampshades and friends were asking...please can I buy one?
With the help of my Grandmother's old sewing machine I discovered that the end product of textile painting made fantastic reusable wrapping at Christmas...also known as Furoshiki. I would also cut up offcuts of organic fabric from Contrado and hem the edges for blockprinted napkins, tablecloths and tea towels. This was the beginning of a sustainable business!
The need for a seamless repeat led me to Surface Pattern Design. For the past 3 years I have been studying with Central St Martins, Make Art that Sells and Make It In Design to build up a portfolio of patterns which will look exciting in children's bedrooms and country kitchens. By November 2020 I hope to have accomplished this major milestone of several new collections which inspire young minds and bring personality to the home. For the time being you can order my designs on a variety of home products here and through Print on Demand sites.
Of course I still practice art every day using a variety of mediums such as gelli-plate printing, silk screen printing and free-motion embroidery sewing. The ultimate objective is for my printing to compliment my design work and vice versa. I use a Cricut maker to cut out templates and fabrics as well as designing cards or .svg files which can be downloaded by other users in their projects.