Primary schooling gave an insight into a wealth of materials and textural work developed through ceramics from the clay found in our garden to the fabulous new ceramic studios I used at Ilkley College, with Geoff Doonan at the helm and a talented Bert Roberts encouraging sculptural aspects.
Local artists had an influence on my development … Tom Millington, John Finneran and Arthur Baggley.
But it was a very talented Meira Stockl who instilled my passion for textiles, especially weaving.
All talented in their own area they encouraged me to “think out of the box” and gave me a confidence to move on.
It is their belief in me along with my mum’s never ending support that I have battled through life's traumas with an escape through the creative arts.
The last three years have been particularly challenging but I am still playing!
With a belief that education is a life long process I am currently looking into the areas textiles prior to the Strutts influences and looking forward to attending a practical course on linen production as it was 400 hundred years ago!
This last year has seen me involved in Belper’s Woollen Woods and creating woven images on the playground of Milford school with the childrens fantastic help, having dyed up waste from Pretty Polly as the main base.
With a friend I now stand Belpers Farmers Market with lots of wooly creative items and materials for crafters.
I have met some lovely ladies when talking and crafting at WI groups.
Woolen Woods is developing again this year with some exciting projects … come and find me if you want to see what I will be displaying there.
I am also preparing items along with friends and Milford School for the Belper Goes Green Site.
A fabulous opportunity has also arisen whereby I will be a part of the Bakewell Wool Gathering.
Back to Belper’s Arts Trail and Open Houses I look forward to saying hello to you.