Embroidery and sewing have always featured in my family life. My mother sewed dresses for my sister and I and as a lefthander who was let down by her school she learned to sew from my nan – whose mother was a seamstress. Mum then passed the skills on to me, another lefthander. As far back as I look it was always there as something the women in my family did, an interest and bond we all shared.
I always dabbled but it wasn’t until I studied a foundation course in art and design that I started to use the medium and techniques in more creative ways, applying my nontraditional ideas to what is still seen as an emphatically traditional feminine, domestic hobby to create subversive images. Working with felt and using blanket stitching I started with pieces such as cushions and moved on to develop hangings and framed pieces.