Welcome to the shed
It’s a little messy as I’m not the best at tidying up, but please pull up a chair and make yourself at home.
This is where I hang out with my studio assistant Maisie (head of recreation/meet and greet) and occasional fellow shedworkers who are on hand for a brain storm, market research, cup of tea and sometimes even some cutting out!.
I’m also ably assisted by my daughters who, although they have moved away from home are always on hand to offer a critical eye and keep the social media on track!
My characters start life as doodles and drawings which are then given colourful outfits and plumage using applique and free-machine embroidery. I’m a hoarder of buttons and fabrics (no scrap too small) and can spend hours (really!) hunting out just the right tiny piece for a particular detail.
Much of my inspiration comes from my home in Cumbria the home of the lake district, whether this is whilst on a walk in the lakes or from my shed window whilst at my sewing machine.
Many of my images have been developed into a range of embroidered and printed fabric designs using the magic of photoshop, gallons of tea and much frustration.