My work as a textile artist explores the fusion of typography and textiles, digital technology and the analogue. Inspired by the written word, and fascinated by colour, pattern and structure, I use a combination of machine and hand embroidery with print techniques, to explore how type and lettering can be translated into textile media. Based in the stunning county of Northumberland, landscape, geological features and patterns in nature are often sources of inspiration for my work, alongside all things typographic.
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, often using my own photography as a research tool and source of visual inspiration, and using software to enable the processing of images in unusual ways, but my focus now is as a maker, manipulating materials to translate my ideas into textile media.