I am a freelance designer-maker, applied artist, crafts-woman, whatever you want to call me – I stitch stuff by hand; fabric, metal, porcelain, leather, vitreous enamel.. . My work is various, it depends whether I am working for myself, to commission or collaborating with other artists. But whatever I do is slow to make; detailed hand stitching in any material whether in silk, linen, wool or wire takes time, consequently my work is also slow to evolve so I decided to make this blog to show what I am doing, who I am working with, how I work and also how I think.
I want to show the work behind HER WORK not just the finished things. The journey from the first idea, searching, researching, drawing, sampling and eventually making the finished piece. My own reactions to it, and hopefully yours, are recorded here. I show past work that is still inspirational, sketchbooks, studio workshops and samples of current projects plus when eventually published, commissioned work.
You will be able to watch my work progress, or not; maybe by seeing all this more people will come to value making that is manufactured by hand, heart and eye.
In May 2010 I developed – Heart Space Studios ( from my yoga practice “Put your Hands in your Heart Space”) and for 5 years it was a space for all things textile. The activities at the studios can still be viewed but I closed the studio workshops in 2015 – the classes remain on this site as part of the blog, they contain many of my most popular posts…..
Heart Space Studios continues as a group of makers who develop projects primarily for publishing companies. Most notably we work with designer Kaffe Fassett in the production of his patchwork quilt books and other fabrics. I now have time to resume my freelance designer/maker practice.
Ehrman Tapestry published a short video of me in 2013, talking about various projects with images of my work, studios, garden and home; look out for a quick glimpse of my old Fox Terrier, Daisy.
I retain copyright on all images and writing used on this site. If you wish to use any images on your own personal blog or website, please inform me and/or any event give my name and blog address as attribution. Thank you