Awarded a Fine Arts degree in the early eighties, followed by research into paper and related media in Japan in the late eighties (Japan Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.)
Continued involvement in education and community arts. Teaches textiles and visual arts at Adult Education and for schools and groups. Senior tutor at West Dean College. Recently award Pride of Britain Award for my work in India and UK and exhibition Traces which toured 2008-11
Awarded travelling fellowships from the Arts Council to research and development new work in India. Established practioner reknowned for her use of found materials which includes several publications and catalogues: Paper: papier, (curator) for Kent County Council, Quilters Review and more recently The Found Object in Textile Art for Batsford publications (2010)
Commissions for public spaces and private clients including the Museum of Art and Design New York, Princess Royal Hospital, Orpington, Maidstone Hospital, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and Museum and The Edward James Foundation.
My work has always been informed by personal experience, places visited, stories of my Romany grandmother, old and forgotten textiles.
I am interested in the shadows of marks made by man in the earth and reflections in water and flooded fields, the changes and impact on the flora and landscape. The use of land as a reference in art (floral patterns, colour and images); my concern is political, social, as well as climatic change. My training is in Fine Art and I work between two disciplines, painting and mixed media textiles. I work with found materials, stitch-sketching fleeting impressions onto the collaged surfaces.