Personal Statement

Retracing Steps

Retracing steps was the perfect opportunity for me to revisit my love of the opulence and grandeur of costume as an art form. My work has always had a strong theme of social history running through it  with the emphasis being about woman’s lives. The Haworth Art Gallery is the ideal setting for historical costume giving me inspiration in abundance. I decided to look back at my work from my days at Manchester Metropolitan University where I spent a lot of my time studying costume at the Platt Hall of costume and the Fashion Museum in Bath. Although I do get commissions to make costumes, with my work I like to challenge myself by using unconventional materials.

Retracing Steps

The work in this exhibition is based on costume from the 1900’s which would have been the time when the Haworth was the residency of William Haworth and his sister Anne. The process of my work is a development of painting designs onto teabag paper and trapping images between layers of hot wax which I manipulate with stitch, pleating, touching, folding and embellished with buttons, and ribbons. The tools are a creation from looking at sewing implements that would have been used regularly.


Mixed Media Memories Workshops


If you enjoy experimenting with mixed media techniques including embroidery, collage and montage, then this is a great opportunity to create a mixed media embroidery based on memories. You will be using layering techniques, with images and text, papers and fabrics, which will be fused together with wax. You will be able to embellish your work with embroidery, buttons, ribbons or lace and add this to your embroidered piece of memories. 

The day will start with an introduction to my work looking at the techniques that I use to develop mixed media artwork for exhibitions and craft fairs. Followed by demonstrations and practical sessions where you will be shown how to develop your own techniques and processes

You will need to bring photocopied images from your personal collection of photographs or if you don’t have any, there will be some available on the day, all other materials will be provided unless you have your own that you would like to use. There will be sewing machines available on the day, please let me know if you can bring your own machine.



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I am a professional textile artist with a

BA Hons Degree in embroidery from

Manchester Metropolitan University. 

I exhibit and sell my work nationally

 run short courses and workshops from

my studio and teach art

and textile in Schools and work

on community projects.