The colour and texture of fabric has always captivated me. I’ve woven table linen, I’ve printed T-shirts and I like sewing. My contribution to the growing movement of slow fashion is to create artful wearable textiles using reclaimed fabric. My handmade garments are for sale in my studio and in my Perthshire Artisans shop.
Paintings and drawings
Before working with textiles my art practice was focused on painting and printmaking. My still life and landscape paintings and drawings with their often flattened perspective and with stylising distortions are not meant to represent the realistic world precisely. I prefer to remember features that interest me and re-combine them in an imaginary setting.
Most of my printed work are linoprints in expressive black and white, or multi-colour reduction prints. Printmaking to me means delightful experimentation with different techniques, and I have done drypoint etching, collagraphs, monoprinting and lithography. Before printing on paper I spent several years block printing on fabric.
Painting vintage furniture and accessories was the main part of my art practice when I lived in Canada back in the 1990s. Re-using materials and upcycling are now an integral component of a circular economy and I occasionally transform second-hand furniture into colourful eye-catching accent pieces.