“I like to work in colour, and I like to work in black and white.” I combine my love of tonal black and white pencil drawing with colourful delicate hand embroidery and beading to create luxury pieces of art and decorative cushions. My work is influenced by the colours and textures of the natural world. Kew Gardens provided the inspiration for my debut collection, The Botanical Collection. When first visiting Kew Gardens as a teenager I found the gardens stunning and mesmerising with so many rare and exotic plants and flowers. Every time I visit, I discover something new.
My designs are reproduced for wallpaper, fabric, cushions and chairs. I meticulously embroider all of my designs by hand: no two pieces are ever the same, making them one-off collectables. My cushions and chairs are made in London, and my wallpaper and fabrics are printed in the UK.
I have pursued a career in the fashion industry for 19 years, selling my textile designs worldwide to companies including Donna Karen, Anthropologie and Nordstrom. During this time I have also been experimenting with materials like leather and paint, whilst learning crafts such as tapestry and machine embroidery. My grandmother, a keen hand embroiderer, first introduced me to embroidery as a child, and when I came back to the needle and thread again a few years ago I was hooked!
I am drawn to plants and flowers with interesting shapes and textures, and to animals and insects which are bright and colourful. I take photos which I draw from and then create repeat surface patterns. These are digitally printed onto fabric, and then I hand embroider and bead colour into them.
When not designing I can be found running in the London parks which are always a source of inspiration.
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