I am a Textile artist, working primarily in felt as Fibre Alchemy. I studied Fine Art / Textiles at Moray School Of Art in the North-East of Scotland.
My childhood was spent on a croft (filled with sheep, cows and hens) in Wester Ross, Scotland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This environment fascinated and enchanted me from an early age and continues to inspire me today. Further inspiration comes from my love of folklore, magic and the natural world and the emotions evoked by my interaction with these elements are incorporated into much of my work.
|Home ground, Wester Ross|
Currently I am developing my felting kits, gradually adding to the range that I have for sale in my Etsy shop, Fibre Alchemy. I have a passionate interest in felting, spinning and weaving with wool. I love the sheep the wool comes from too, they are such wonderful beasts!
I have also worked a lot with mending and darning, re-using and retrieving the old and discarded. I am very inspired by Boro darning and other Northern Japanese poverty textiles. I am also interested in the intertwining of textile with story: Text and Textile share the same root word ‘Texare’ which means ‘to weave’.
I started a City and Guilds craft and design course in 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed expanding my horizons; this gave me a portfolio to apply for a place on a degree course (the first year was 2012) in Fine Art/Textiles, which I finished in 2016.
Wester Ross, Highlands, Scotland
2012 – 2016 BA (HONS) Fine Art / Textiles
2010 – 2012 City and Guilds certificate in Craft and Design
1980 – 1996 Education Otherwise: self-directed study
2017 Royal Scottish Academy: New Contemporaries
2016 Moray School of Art: Degree Show
2012 Elgin Library: Expressions of Nature
2011 Elgin museum: Felt, Naturally
2009 Elgin museum: Once Felt, Never Forgotten
2007 Moray Art Centre: The Story Women Wove
2009 Keith Kilt School: Moray Textile Project
2008 Forres Library Open Day: Spinning a Yarn
2014 Craigellachie Primary School 200 years of the Telford Bridge
2012 Historic Scotland Illuminating the Cathedral
2008 – ongoing Felting
2004 – ongoing Spinning
2018 – ongoing Bookbinding
2016 – ongoing Foraging