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.
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.