I studied Art and Design in Dublin. I learnt about colour and design while working in different mediums, painting, screen printing, glass and metal. When I left college I started working with fabric, I enjoyed its tactile qualities and unlimited colours. I joined the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild and the Irish Patchwork Society and found exciting things happening in the world of textiles. I have taken numerous classes with quilt makers I admire, learning different techniques and observing how other artists work.
I get inspiration from the world around, taking photographs and every day I must create a
collage in my day journal which gives me ideas for new work.
Recently I started working on a series based on the spiral, an old Celtic symbol found on ancient stones in Ireland. It is a very therapeutic symbol to work with.
I work using layers of fabric, which are cut and reassembled. Fusing is an integral part of the process as is the machine stitching. I play with colour and shape. Nothing is planned. I may have an initial idea which develops and changes as the work progresses. Going with the flow is exciting
I travel to Nepal about twice a year to buy the beautiful coloured cotton.
I have exhibited work in my own country and in Europe, USA and Japan.