I decided I wanted to create patterns from an early age, I remember wanting to design wallpaper, after being attracted to the bold graphic cat wallpaper my mum chose for my bedroom.
I studied Textile Design at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2006, and have worked in Greeting Cards and gift wrap ever since. I have worked with some of the biggest brands in the sector, producing cards, giftwrap, gift bags, diaries, calendars, gift packaging, notecards and invitations. I also mentored and trained graduates in the biggest nationwide Greeting Card company.
I have now moved away from the bustling city centre to work freelance, and live in a quiet Yorkshire village with my husband and two cheeky black cats.
I would describe my artwork as graphic, bold, with plenty of pattern. I embrace “happy accidents” as this often gives individuality and unpredictability to the work.
I often draw my outlines with a fineliner on paper, and then manipulate, add colour, and play in repeats and overlays on the computer. I’m inspired by mid 20th century pattern design, folk art, and Scandinavian design. I enjoy taking inspiration across different eras and countries to come up with something fresh.
I’m inspired my contemporary surface pattern designers such as Elizabeth Olwen, Rachel Cave, Eloise Renouf and Jessica Hogarth as well as turning to traditional wallpapers, fabrics and ceramics for inspiration such as those designed by Lucien Day and Stig Lindberg.
In my spare time, I love traditional pursuits, and have recently enrolled on pottery and bread making courses. I love being in the countryside, finding inspiration in water reflections, tree bark and wild flowers. I also enjoy yoga, and getting muddy whilst running.