Silk Paintings

Silk painting is another technique that I love to experiment with, and a few years ago I created these hanging panels. I collected leaves to use as templates for resist techniques, used salt to add texture to the water of the pool and the river, and the rest was painted freehand.
Hope you like them!

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A Clockwork Orange

A little while ago I was given a collection of clockwork pieces and was immediately inspired to incorporate them into my jewellery. When I am crafting I am often struck by how my work evokes old memories, and, to me, the clockwork has come to symbolise the interplay between past and present.

Here are some photos of my latest creations:

Textile Sculpture Commission: 4D Sphere

The finished form

Last year, I was commissioned by Samvado, a Cornish sculptor and a fellow member of the Cornish Crafts Association, to make a textile sculpture.

He asked me to create one of his sculptures, the 4D Sphere, using my fabric.
Here are a few photos of the work in progress, and some images of the finished piece.

You can visit Samvado’s website at: http://www.samvado.com/

Fabric Making: Some Samples

My jewellery making starts with creating the basic fabric in a mix of colours and textures, this is then cut into shapes ready for stitching, shaping, and further embellishment.

My husband and I often work together to prepare the sheets of fabric, and here are a few that we’ve just finished:

Another project: Indigo dyeing

In 2008, Sarah Montague and I ran an indigo dyeing club after school. The kids really enjoyed it – they couldn’t wait to untie their fabrics after dyeing!

At Christmas, we had an exhibition in a lovely gallery in Torrington, called The Plough. By selling our work at The Plough and at school, we were able to raise over £500 for a charity chosen by the children.

I can’t upload any photos of the kids without parental permission, but here are some photos of the techniques we used, and the finished creations.

Textile Jewellery: Burning Wings

Here’re a few photos of a piece that I’ve just been working on: a rich red, flame-bright necklace. I wanted to create a dramatic and bold piece that would make something of a statement. I have also included a couple of pictures showing the same design in blue.


Up on etsy now!

Early Textile Jewellery

I‘ve been making different types of jewellery using all kinds of materials for years. My current work stems from my experimentation with textile earrings around about 2005-2006.

So here are a few photographs of some of the earlier attempts. I find it interesting to look back at them and not only see how the work has evolved, but also how so many of the basics were there right from the beginning.