I draw my inspiration from the natural world, using landscapes for whole cloth wall hangings and local scenes and flowers for smaller-scale embroideries.
I refer to photographs I take while travelling abroad to provide the starting point for whole cloth hangings. I have found that my childhood spent in Zambia has had a great influence on the colours I prefer to use – the ochres of the African soil and the dusty yellows and browns of the sun-dried savannah grasslands. I am currently using imagery from holidays in Namibia and South Africa for inspiration.
My hand and machine-embroidered pictures are based on photographs I take while visiting gardens and walking in the countryside.
For my whole cloth hangings I use thickened Procion dyes painted on to cotton to create the background landscape into which I then hand stitch to provide detailed texture. I hand dye both cotton fabric and embroidery threads to complement the other materials I use in my work.