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Born in Briton Ferry, South Wales, I loved the coastline there; Mumbles, Aberavon and Porthcawl were closest, and the Brecon Beacons, Tenby and Saundersfoot were often visited.I trained as an Art teacher in Barry College and Cardiff Art School, and taught in Coventry, Nuneaton and lastly in Lady Manners School, Bakewell in Derbyshire,

The subject itself is very broad in nature and I taught Art up to GCSE level and Textiles up to A-level. This included ceramics, printing, graphics, illustration, as well as all aspects of textiles such as embroidery, weaving, marbling and feltmaking, and dressmaking. I also designed and made costumes for the stop-motion puppets in "Lounge Act", which won a Bafta Nomination in 1998 for my son Gareth, the director.
All the while I did my own work and experimented further in all types of art and craft work, working with such people as Caroline Broadhead, Jenny Cowern, Deirdre Hawking, Eleri Mills and Michael Brennand -Wood, as well as evening classes in glass engraving and wood turning. I made jewellery in metal and resins too.

These broadened my outlook and subsequently, the curriculum, in the country town school. All the different media gave me a 'buzz', but I always came back to embroidery! I believe my own work is enhanced by including other media; they are like an extra pallette of possibities.

Colour and texture are very important to me. I take inspiration from nature and how it interacts with the man-made world. I love the details that sometimes aren't noticed, and my work, because of that, is gradually growing more abstract. The main embroidery techniques I use are fusing threads to form fabric; layering, stitching and cutting back the fabrics; making 'beaded' threads, besides general art and embroidery techniques.

The way I work means that every piece is individual, or part of a 'limited edition', when I cut up an intensely worked, large piece of embroidery, to make into smaller pieces.

I belong to the BVA group of artists around Oswestry, who have individual careers in Art and join together for support and exhibitions, including the OPEN STUDIOS in June.