My Creative Journey

have designed and created things all my life even as a child in primary school I can remember designing patterns and images for my cross stitching. As I got older I loved observational drawing and studied art, particularly oil painting, at teacher training college, then as a teacher I would take every opportunity to get my children out into the environment to draw and look for examples of art and architecture and it was here my love of bookmaking began as we always made our own books to keep our topic work in. This kept me going through my teaching years as there wasn't much time to explore my personal creative side.

Having retired from education I am now spending more time in the art and craft industry. Since giving up work I have developed my skills as a mixed media artist, workshop tutor / demonstrator and as a designer. My workshops have mostly been held in the south of England, namely Bedfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey but I have also taken them to Wales. Currently I am a designer and workshop tutor for a national on-line craft shop and I have designed projects for an on-line national UK stamp company. I have written columns for an on-line Blogozine and I run a challenge blog.

I would describe myself as having an eclectic style but I focus on vintage and shabby collage work and exploring mixed media to create layers and textures. I use a wide range of products and particularly love the DecoArt media line and Tim Holtz distress products. I totally believe in life-long learning and always want to share what I have learned, I guess that's still the teacher in me. 


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