THE STORY SO FAR
Well, I have always loved, stitching, drawing and creating so it was a bit of a no-brainer to head off to University and study Textiles and Surface Design!
I decided to go travelling when I graduated as I didn't feel 'worldly wise' enough to make insightful art. So off I went around the world to discover new designs, cultures and all things inspirational.
With long stopovers and little cash, the evenings of what ended up being known as ‘the ultimate research trip’, were used to sketch as well as make hand embroidered pieces, accessories… and my first post-uni collection of wall art was born. When I got home I just couldn't get my head around how to market myself as an artist... so I got a job in marketing so that I could learn how to promote myself and my art.
Fast forward to 2016 (many years and whole bunch of qualifications later) I was able to leave my job in a Marketing Agency to pursue a career as a Textiles Artist, Embroiderer, Illustrator & Pattern Designer. Technology had changed so much and I was used to handing over all my Photoshop needs to a studio, so the first year or so was spent getting my drawing muscles back to full speed as well as getting myself re-acquainted with the Adobe Creative suite. Taking this time to work in the Surface Pattern Design industry for brands such as Forever 21, SKINNYDIP London and Urban Outfitters as well as undertaking courses from online sources such as Make It In Design and Make Art That Sells gave me some fantastic technical and artistic resources and techniques that have influenced my Textile Art work and style in a really exciting way.
Fast forward to today and I am actively exhibiting my work (see here for current exhibitions), selling a range of greetings cards and prints online as well as through independent retailers (please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in stocking some of my work).
All my work is available for licensing, outright purchase and I am always open to collaborations, feedback and new projects should anyone want to create their own art, patterns or items made to suit their brief or tastes, just get in touch using the contact me page.