I like each piece to tell a story about the people and events included in the subject material. Where possible, I enjoy incorporating vintage fabrics sourced from my local town. I recently worked on a stitched portrait of my gorgeous rescue dog, Ted (on the right)!
I welcome commissions with prices given on request. The starting fee is generally £100 for hoop art, and £200 for approximate A3 size pieces of work.
I'm a textile artist and illustrator, based between the seaside town of Penarth and my shop in Barry. I’m fascinated by local history as a subject for embroidery art pieces, though I like to add a contemporary twist.
I'm best known for my collection of stitched pictures based on original photographs of Victorian and Edwardian Penarth.One of the pictures in this collection is of my old haberdashery shop in Glebe Street, just as it was in 1911! I'm also a keen member of the Urban Sketchers group and love to record my daily life through sketches.
I sometimes begin with old photographs, but more often my own sketches and watercolours. I then set about interpreting them using a combination of collage applique, free-motion, and hand embroidery techniques. The process requires a bit of research to get the period features just right, such as colours of clothing and buildings, or the style of typography on shop signs. Working these tiny details into the pictures is all part of the fun.