In 2016 I was teaching Design and Technology in an independent school. Today, I am a polo playing professional artist and designer, it has been an incredible journey.
The last five years have been a roller coaster of emotions and I have had many adventures. It has had amazing highs and depth plunging lows. In this time, I have developed as an artist and designer, I have exhibited my work many times and won a sketchbook award. I have also lost my sister and my mum who were my biggest cheerleaders, so any achievement also brings sorrow, as they would be the ones I’d phone to share what had happened.
I was born in Sheffield, and enjoyed school even though I found it hard, art was my greatest joy throughout. I didn’t find out that I am dyslexic until I was a qualified teacher. I am extremely lucky that my older sister sat with me one summer when I was 10 years old and taught me how to read. I now proudly share my dyslexic journey, because I see it as a superpower rather than a problem, even though it can be extremely frustrating at times.
Having finished a foundation course in art and design in my home city, I went on to complete a BSc in Textile Design in Huddersfield. My first job after graduating was with a company based in Holmbridge in West Yorkshire who supplied woven fabrics to the American decorators’ market. I enjoyed the technical challenges of designing patterns using the woven construction within the fabric.
Having left teaching, I now create artwork and designs in my studio in Blyth, Nottinghamshire. Although sometimes, the kitchen, lounge and orangery become extensions of my studio, much to the disgruntlement of my long-suffering husband.
I have so many ideas that I would like to share with the world.
I love design which is practical and beautiful, it is my passion.