I am a textile designer and illustrator based in Wallington. My work is inspired by the city around me as well as my travels, and my style leans towards the mid-century look, frequently highlighting my love of architecture, in particular Modernism and Brutalism. My designs feature on a range of fabrics, art prints and other items and my Croydon images can be seen at the newly reopened Fairfield Halls.
The majority of my work starts life as black and white pen and ink drawings which I digitally enhance and colour, frequently turning the motifs into surface pattern designs. All artwork is based around hand drawn elements.
I have been a self employed designer since January 2014, having studied Fashion & Textiles at Lincoln College of Art in the mid-1990s. During the 2000’s I took a number of short courses at Chelsea College of Art including screen printing, fine art and ceramics while working in a corporate role in the City of London.
With a strong focus on pattern design for fabric, I love to see my customers transform my designs into items I could never have imagined myself – my fabrics have graced a wide range of quilts (as seen at the Festival of Quilts), bags, home furnishings and even clothing and I send my fabrics to crafters and quilters all around the world. I also licence my designs for commercial use and take commissions. I teach textile based workshops to adults and recently spent a year teaching Fashion at 6th form college.
I am a winner of Theo Paphitis’ #SBS (Small Business Sunday) and have seen my work featured at the Royal Academy of Arts as part of their RAted range of up and coming British designer/makers. I’ve also appeared in the following places: West Elm London (pop-ups), The Simple Things Magazine, Emerald Street, Homemaker Magazine, Craftseller Magazine, Quilt Now Magazine, Simply Sewing Magazine, Love Sewing Magazine, Renegade Craft Fair, Crafty Fox Market, Thread Festival of Textiles, Warehouse Home Magazine Capsule Collection, The Village Haberdashery and Carshalton Artists Open Studios. I have also written for Caboodle Magazine and The Simple Things.
I volunteer for the Just A Card Campaign which encourages people to support artists, designer/makers and independent shops and galleries and I’m also part of the organising team for Carshalton Artists Open Studios where I look after marketing.