As a child I collected small pieces of fabric, yarns and metallic sweet papers. I tried crafts of all kinds and enjoyed drawing and painting.
In the 70s I attended a local collage class. Our teacher had an exhibition of 3D textile structures and I decided that I ultimately wanted to make stitched structures.
In the 80s I attended City and Guilds evening classes at London College of Fashion where I learned many embroidery skills. One of the pieces that came out of this was ‘white garden’ inspired by visits to Sissinghurst. This 3D structure went on to appear in Thomasina Beck’s book ‘The Embroiderers Garden’.
While I was at the college I discovered a way of rolling paper, cutting into it and pulling it into ladder shapes. I adapted the technique using paper or fabric and stitching into various 3D shapes and called it ‘Convolutions’.
I began cutting and folding paper in other ways that created repeat patterns. For the finished pieces I used fabrics that I could fold and cut like paper but were more durable. Sometimes I would work in white so the shadows would be part of the design. Alternatively I would dye the fabric while folded, and then construct the piece to reveal the resulting dye patterns.