What’s your background?
I started off studying Fashion and then Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art. After many years of full time teaching I was keen to establish my own practice again so I gained an MA in textiles from Chelsea College of Art. Since moving to Sussex a year ago I’ve set up my studio where I make bespoke quilts and small collections of homewares. Atlier51 in Brighton currently stock my naturally dyed cushion collection and recently wrote an article about my work.
Why have you started running courses at Phoenix?
Sharing my skills through teaching is a part of my creative practice, so when I moved to Sussex a year ago, I was looking for opportunities to continue with this. Phoenix seemed like a great place to do this.
What can participants expect?
I aim to make my courses fun and challenging and encourage an openness and playful approach to the design and making process. Participants can expect planned activities that are designed to build skills and confidence week by week. Within these lessons there are opportunities for individuals to work independently and cooperatively, towards a final outcome or a series of more experimental pieces. I hope to provide a supportive atmosphere where participant feel encouraged to learn through making.
Small Quilts – Experimental patchwork and quilting and Printed Textiles – Block printing and heat transfer techniques both start at Phoenix later this month.