If I was a writer, hand-stitching would be my words.

       

I have always been fascinated by, and passionate about, the creative process and the making and assembling of artistic pieces. I completed a Fine Art degree (painting and printmaking) at Winchester College of Art, where I was lucky enough to have Gillian Ayres as my tutor.  For some years after this, whilst bringing up a family, I worked in a number of different creative fields; as an art tutor in adult education, also as a facilitator and manager of large public art projects within such settings as schools and the NHS. More recently, I was Head of Art at a rural Welsh High School and acted as an art moderator for the OCR examination board. I have exhibited work in a number of shows in the UK and Europe.

 
Moving to France has enabled me to explore my own creativity in greater depth and to more fully develop my love of textiles. Living as I do in rural South West France, I am surrounded and inspired by the natural and architectural beauty of the region.  Over the past five years my work has evolved from the painted surface into a more general interest in fibers, threads, fabrics and natural dyes. I am always trying to push my own creative boundaries, and to experiment with new ideas, methods, and combinations. I have a particular love for the re-purposing of old textiles and materials in my work.  

 

Living in an old French farmhouse has allowed me to create a dedicated studio /workshop space. Where I regularly run textile-related workshops, we gather and work together to create a varied response to different starting points.
The peaceful rural environment of Ramon is a special place to work .


 

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CV

Solo Exhibitions


2017            L’Oeil de L’Aiguille  - G.E.M.  Monflanquin, France.
2008           Paintings and Collages - Tan-y-Llyn, Wales.

 

Group Exhibitions


2019-2020     Untangled Threads - Stitch Book Collective, Knitting and Stitching Exhibition Harrogate

                  (postponed due to Covid).

2019            Bastide Exhibition -Monflanquin - Ann Stephens and Ingrid Bell.

2018            Penne Arts - Penne d’Agenais.
2017            Thread Bearing Witness - Alice Kettle.
2017            Mixed Group - A.S.A.S.A. Presbytère , St.Avit Senieur.
2016            Mixed Fibres - Chateau Eymet.
2015            Three Artistes en Fibres - A.S.A.S.A. Presbytère , St.Avit Senieur.
2015            Tous en Bois - Phin Galerie, Villamblard.
2013            Artists in France - Hotel de Cours de Thomazeau.
1981            Stowells Trophy - Etchings - Royal Academy of Arts , London.



Talks and Workshops


                    Various venues around Britain and France
2015-2020     Art at Ramon - creative textile workshops.
2016            Sara Lechner - collaborative workshop.
2016            Natural Dyeing - Association Apicole de la Valle du Dropt.
2016            Silk Ribbon Embroidery - Vendredi Club.
2009-2015     Summer Thursdays - L’Ancienne École.
2014            Hanging Art - Campagnart’47.
2013            Primitive Dolls - Vendredi Club.



Commissions


2019             Private commission. "I Will Walk With You" A large commemorative fabric collage and

                   hand stitching.

1995             Trees, Words and Maps.

                   A project producing a series of wall panels for the Robert and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic

                   Hospital, N.H.S. Shropshire, U.K.

                   Filmed by the BBC as a documentary for the BBC's Countryfile.

                   Sponsored by Princes Trust, West Midlands Arts Shropshire Development Fund.


                    
 Collaborative Public Arts Projects

2020            'Same Sea, Different Boat Our Isolation Stories' - Collograph and Stitch collective piece                            resulting from the Covid-19 lockdown.

                   Organized by Sue Brown and Louise from 'Hope and Elvis'.

2004            Organized funding and installation of large public art piece by Gwen Heeney.
 

Press

2020             Feature in 'Textile Transformed' by Mandy Pattullo, Batford Publishings.

2020             'Mending Mayhem' Artist of the Month of April for Instagram.

2019              Feature Article in Quercy Local Magazine.


Education

2008-2009     City & Guilds - Stitched Textiles level 3. Oswestry College.

1989-1991       Further and Adult Education Teachers Cert. Level 1&2.

1981-1982       Art Teachers Cert.  University of Sussex. PGCE.

1978-1981       B.A. Fine Art Hons. Winchester School of Art.

1977-1978       Foundation Course. Medway College of Art.

 Teaching Experience

2011-2016        Teacher of Art - L’Ancienne École , Lauzun.

2011-present    Various Art Workshops with adults, young people and children - Ramon, France.

2011-2019        Various Art Workshops with adults, young people and children - U.K. & France.

2003-2009      Teacher of Art and Textiles - Welshpool High School, Wales, U.K.

1993-2002       Head of Creative Arts - Llanfyllin High School, Wales, U.K.

1991-2002       Artist in Residence - various venues, U.K.

1996-2010       Art Moderator - Oxford and Cambridge exam board.