I am a Hand Embroidery Artist based in Richmond upon Thames. My work is influenced by the colours and textures of the natural world.
“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. 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.
I pencil draw and meticulously hand embroider all of my designs: no two pieces are the same, making them one-off collectables.
My designs are reproduced for luxury wallpaper, upholstery fabric, plates and placemats, and I have a range of hand embroidered cushions. My cushions and chairs are made in London, and my botanical wallpaper and fabrics are printed in the UK.
Having trained as a Graphic Designer, I have pursued a career in the fashion industry for the last 23 years.
My textile prints have been sold worldwide and I have designed for a range of private labels, studios, designers, agents and retailers. 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. Being a keen photographer I enjoy taking photos which I draw from and create repeat surface patterns. These patterns are digitally printed onto fabric. I then hand embroider and bead highlights of colour into them to create pieces of embroidered art. I have showcased my work at London Craft Week and London Design Festival, and I exhibited a piece of art in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021.