My work as a textile artist explores the fusion of typography and textiles. Language and literature are always the inspiration; typographic layouts are transferred to fabric through a combination of cyanotype printing and rust dyeing. This text is then embellished with embroidery to amplify its meaning. I explore the various effects achievable through printing onto woven or printed coloured fabrics, as well as the use of soda bleaching and tinting cyanotypes with natural tannins to achieve a wider range of coloured effects. Based in the stunning county of Northumberland, landscape, geology, ecology and issues in science and environment are often sources of inspiration. My work has been exhibited in galleries around the UK and internationally, and is held in a number of private and corporate collections.
I have extensive experience in the creative industries. Having graduated with a BA and MA in Graphic Design from the Central School of Art and Design, London, in the mid 1980s, I have spent many years both as a graphic design practitioner and as a lecturer at a number of universities around the UK. My love of typography, and its ability to visualise meaning, was embedded very early on and is still the guiding force of my creative work.
As the design industry has become increasingly reliant on the use of digital media, I have found my own interest in an analogue approach re-kindled – the quality of materials, craft skills and techniques, and the kind of creative work that these stimulate. I draw upon my experience with digital technology, but my focus now is as a maker, manipulating materials to translate my ideas into textile media and creating unique hand-crafted responses to carefully chosen texts.