Arlene is a textile artist and teacher of many years’ experience.

She graduated as a teacher from Bath Spa University, then later studied City and Guilds Embroidery at Fareham College, followed by a Diploma in Stitched Textiles at East
Berkshire College, Windsor from where she graduated with distinction.

Arlene has exhibited widely in the UK, Ireland and recently in Newfoundland. She is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and belongs to the Textile Society. She is also a member of Cork Textiles Network and Cork Craft and Design and is currently chairperson of the Cork Textiles Network.

In 2011 Arlene won the Mairin O’Brien Flegg Memorial Award for contemporary embroidery from the Royal Dublin Society. She was recently commissioned to create a large piece of work for a new hospital in Cork, Ireland and this year she was invited to contribute an article to Workshop on the Web online magazine.

Arlene’s textile work is inspired by her love of roses and music. Her work is diverse and ranges from wall pieces and garments stitched on a soluble background which is dissolved
away to create a beautiful lace to delightful hand-dyed silk velvet brooches and other individual accessories.