I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Surface Design from the Northern School of Art in Hartlepool back in July 2019. I now work as a 'product manager' (buyer/merchandiser) for a home shopping company, and hopefully one day my little business will have grown big enough for me to become completely self employed.
I come from Carlisle, Cumbria, and have been surrounded by textiles from a very early age. My work is typically very feminine, floral and delicate; using predominantly pastel colours with pops of bolder hues. Over the course of my degree I developed a bit of a love affair with all things Japanese, which massively influences my work - so much so that I visited Kyoto in 2018. My designs utilise hand-drawn, original imagery, usually in a linear style; which I then translate into a digital repeat, digital print and hand embroidery. I love working with natural fabrics, cottons and linens in particular as they hold embroidery beautifully. My embroidery combines traditional styles and stitches with an illustrative technique, as well as the inclusion of non-conventional materials: cracked ceramics. Ceramics became a massive part of my work during the final year of my degree and are used alongside the more traditional materials to create contemporary, unique pieces. I find my inspiration mainly from the outdoors, or anywhere I find flowers; tea-rooms/shops; literature/imagery on Japanese textiles.
My usual market area is interiors and gift, which is the market this business will accommodate, although I have been commissioned for other projects outside of this (and outside of textiles) and am very open to further commissions. Previous commissions include tattoo designs and wedding stationery, as well as scarecrows for a village fayre – anything goes!