“Dryad: Field Maple”

Mixed media textile art In this piece created specifically for the 2012 Milton Keynes Outside In exhibition, I wanted to portray a dryad (tree spirit) with an associated green man who ages over the course of the seasons and the wheel of the year. Field maples are the only native British maple tree (sycamore and Norway maple are both introduced species) […]

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“Pearls of Wisdom”

Mixed media textile art The journey to adulthood can be difficult, no matter what your species. Even mermaids need advice and encouragement from their older, wiser relatives. This piece was inspired by hearing the phrase “pearls of wisdom” as a theme. I immediately imagined the scene of a mature mermaid dispensing advice and encouragement to younger relatives. I wanted to […]

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“We Must Not Look at Goblin Men”

Mixed media art quilt We must not look at goblin men,We must not buy their fruits:Who knows upon what soil they fedTheir hungry, thirsty roots? (from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti) This piece is based on Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti‘s long narrative poem about temptation, seduction, courage and sisterly devotion. Although Rossetti herself insisted the poem was intended solely as […]

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“Elemental”

Quartet of mixed media art quilts Alchemists and philosophers determined that the world was created of four basic elements and that for each, there existed a creature made of, and attuned to, that element. Elemental brings together the four alchemical elements – earth, air, fire and water – with their associated cardinal points, astrological signs, colours and seasons. These four small […]

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“Hamadryad: Oak”

Mixed media art quilt The hamadryad is a nymph so closely linked with the tree she inhabits that should it die, she dies also. Like other shy, wild creatures, they can sometimes be spotted in the woods, caught in the fleeting moment between awareness and flight. As with all these works, I began with plain white fabric and a picture […]

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“Fiona’s Flowers”

Patchwork quilt I was asked by renowned quilt teacher – and friend – Barbara Chainey to be one of the testers for her new book Fast Quilts from Fat Quarters. The premise was to use a specific cutting plan for fat quarters and then to design a quilt from the pieces. I took inspiration from a bunch of spring flowers, […]

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“Fiona’s Flowers”

Patchwork quilt I was asked by renowned quilt teacher – and friend – Barbara Chainey to be one of the testers for her new book Fast Quilts from Fat Quarters. The premise was to use a specific cutting plan for fat quarters and then to design a quilt from the pieces. I took inspiration from a bunch of spring flowers, […]

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“Eve In The Woods”

Patchwork quilt This quilt was made for an online friend who had been very ill. Commercial and hand-dyed fabrics with hand-written and inkjet printed messages for strength, recovery and happiness. Quilted free-hand on my domestic sewing machine with meandering, leaves and small woodland creatures. Year 2002 Size 66″ x 66″(168 cm x 168 cm) Series or Collection n/a Designed by […]

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