In January 2020 I moved to Toward on the Cowal peninsula. Living and working in Argyll is inspiring and directing me in such a deep and meaningful way. I cannot help but be inspired by this amazing natural environment.
I am entirely self taught and driven, having received no formal art training at college or university. In January 2016 I started needle felting after receiving an instructional book from my family. The process of wet felting found me around 2019 and I started to create scarves and dolls clothing for my own needle felted dolls. I really enjoyed the tactile nature of working with fibre in this way and looked for more ways of working this way. Studying 3D wet felting and surface design has helped me expand my knowledge and experience in felting so much.
My current objectives include the development of my craft business, and being part of a wider team whether it is through my work with CHARTS Argyll and Isles, Cowal Open Studios, Artmap Argyll or local fairs and events. I love being a part of a team of local artists as it such a busy and dynamic group of people and it enables me to be a part of a bigger picture or body of work. When you are self-employed it can be quite isolating at times, so my connection to other artists is beneficial to me as it allows me to be a part of a team once more and to grow in that experience.
I provide courses in wet felting here at my studio in Toward. We look out on to the isles of Bute, Cumbria and on a good clear day Arran. My students often use the views from my studio windows as inspiration for their work. I keep numbers to a cosy 3 for all courses.