Goldsmiths College, London: BA (Hons)(1980-1984) Royal College of Art, London: MA RCA. (1984-1987) Degree by Research; Written Research (50,000 words): The Early History of Feltmaking in the Nomadic Tradition 6000 BC to 14th Century.
I am an artist working predominately in hand rolled felt. The process of making and the early historical and cultural significance of felt and the nomadic history of felt informs my work. The work ranges from large wall pieces, rich in colour, to smaller hand held forms using felt, glass and pewter, exploring ‘the spaces between’, either that which exists in language or physically in materials and process and the ordering of process and making.
Returning to working sculpturally I have been exploring mould making and casting. Thick felt forms are created around glass vessels, the felt re-describes the glass form and creates a mould for molten pewter to be poured into. There is a sense of the ludicrous in pouring molten metal into textiles. The pewter takes the exact form of the felt, picking up the texture and the surface of the felt fabric in the metal – scorched fibres are caught in the metal, it becomes a hybrid and the felt mould becomes the record of the process.
My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, it is held in public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum London and a hat commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers presented to HM Queen Elizabeth. My work has been widely published and I have written two 'how to do it' books. I was a senior lecturer at the University of Chichester BA Hons and MA Fine Art, leading the Textiles in studio and workshop practice. Previously I had a successful millinery business, with a notable client list. For eight years I designed and made the hats for Jean Muir (Ltd) and handmade felt and garments for Georgina Godley.