A coloured thread runs through my background in geology and an interest in the pattern of the landscape. A walk in the hills or a run through a Scottish glen or around a Cumbrian lake is the only way to satisfy the wild in me. It is only then, that I can sit down and design a fabric or a piece of woven art. Connecting walking, running and weaving through place and wild landscapes.
Designs develop from images in my mind or from photographs that I have taken. These are then interpreted into woven patterns on a computer weave program and woven up by hand on a Swedish Glimakra floor loom.
I source sustainable yarns spun from natural fibres, becoming ever more aware of the social and environmental implications of yarn production. It is an ongoing challenge to research where yarns come from, who has made them and how far they have travelled to reach me.