I was born in New Zealand about the time that most Kiwi girls were
born with a pair of knitting needles in their hands. My claim
to fame is the pale green 3x3 cable jersey I knitted after lights
out at boarding school (and not a slipped stitch in sight). My
grandmother and mother were avid knitters and crotcheters and
I guess that has rubbed off.
I have worked with threads and other fibres all my life traversing
through various related activities intertwined with raising children,
university studies and school teaching. Since 1993 I have worked
as a full time textile artist. I started The Thread Studio in
1995 because I could not buy the threads I wanted to use. I now
have a shop to select from. Every thing we sell is because I
want to use it.
I have completed City and Guilds Stitched Textiles Level 3 Certificate
and Level 3 Diploma. both with distinction. This course encouraged
and enabled me to explore and experiment with both traditional
and contemporary techniques in embroidery. I am always trying
to improve my skills to develop works involving both hand and
machine stitching and art.
My work involves the use of the domestic sewing machine and experimental
mixed media. Sometimes things works and other times not but they
are all part of my exploration. Some will disappear never to
be seen again and others may develop. I also spend a lot of time
exploring the Embellisher machine as a means to create cloth
and have published a book on creative ideas for use with this
I am currently fascinated by fragments and distortions but also
attracted to the colour and beauty of silk and I love to work
with the soluble fabrics which have revolutionised the world
of machine embroidery and to play and explore and experiment
with fibres, felts and fibrous papers. I am often distracted
by side paths because they lead to other adventures.
I have taught extensively - in high schools for many years, and
independently, since 1993. I teach regularly throughout Australia,
New Zealand, UK and Canada and on-line.
In my business - www.thethreadstudio.com - I have been an extensive
proponent of textile art in Australia and have broken the boundaries
as a pioneer in this arena and moving textile art away from the
'craft' notion. The site has a gallery devoted to textile artists
as well as a very popular on-line workshop programme.