I am a textile artist making work of individual character using a mixture of materials to create sophisticated pieces that combine craft elements with abstract imagery.

Colour in any form delights me. We tend to associate colour with feeling and for me it has a positive energy and exuberance that I’ve always been drawn to. Playful use of colour with pattern and texture is a signature of my work. Inspiration comes from an eclectic range of sources - from ethnic design, tribal symbolism and body art to the organic structures in adventurous architecture and the patterns of the natural world that microphotography reveals.

Experimentation and play are key to finding new ways to express myself and my natural curiosity responds to the unpredictability that comes with this. The freedom to re-invent and re-assemble is very seductive and my work conveys this sense of enjoyment in the making. I am at my happiest when I am making; it's an organic process that begins with a percolation of subconscious images, colours and textures, eventually emerging to take shape as a new piece of work.

I graduated with a Masters Distinction in Textiles from University for the Creative Arts and am currently Artist in Residence at UCA Farnham.

KW June 2017 (4)

Favourite quote:

' A mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work if it isn't open'

Frank Zappa

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