I gained a City and Guilds (with distinction) in Embroidery in the 1980's while still working as a primary school teacher.
I exhibited regularly with Textilia III (www.textilia3.co.uk) from the mid nineties to summer 2012 at a variety of galleries in the North West of England including Farfield Mill, Sedbergh and Signature Gallery, Kendal.
I joined with Annwyn Dean and Joan Newall in 2009 to form Page Paper Stitch. We have exhibited annually at the Leeds Contemporary Artists Book Fair since 2010. We have also had group exhibitions at the Beach Hut Gallery in Kents' Bank, Signature Gallery in Kendal(2011 and 2013) and Farfield Mill (2012 and 2014). We also took part in North Yorkshire Open Studios in 2011 and 2012 and Art in the Pen, Skipton 2013 and 2014, 2015 as well as other smaller events.
I am an active member of the South Lakes group "Green Door Artists" and have participated in several of their exhibitions including "Transition" at the Brewery 2013, "Summertime" at Farfield Mill 2014 and "Sense of Place" at Kendal Museum 205. I have taken part in several Open Studio Trails with them and since 2012 I have organised the trail.
I also exhibit with Lakes Collective and have had work in their Summer Showcases at the Bishop Bulley Barn, Rydal each June since 2012.
I regularly give talks and lead workshops for various groups.
In 2012 I was invited by Ian Hunter of the Littoral trust to do some installation work at the Merz Barn in Elterwater based on the work of Kurt Schwitters. I also led a workshop at the Kurt Schwitters DIY Sumer School.
Also in 2012 I had one of my miniature books selected for an exhibition in Armenia to celebrate the Year of the Book. It is now in the permanent collection of Northampton University.
In 2013 I had work at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe in an exhibition entitled "To the letter". This was a selected, mixed media exhibition.
Selected for an exhibition entitled "Paperworks" at Masham Gallery May - July 2013
Invited to take part in "Craftsmen at the Priory" at Lanercost as a guest artist August 2013
Selected to take part in ArtFest North, a new selling exhibition in Kendal at the end of July 2013
One of my folded books has been chosen for publication in the Lark publication 500 Books Volume 2 due out in September.
Selected for the Collect Cumbria exhibition at Blackwell 2013 and for the C-Art exhibition at Rheged in both 2013 and 2014.
Liverpool Artists' Book Fair and exhibition July 2014, 2015, 2016
Baltic Artists' Book Fair December 2014
Bristol Artists Book Fair 2015
Edinburgh Artists Book Fair 2015
Brewery Christmas Craft Market (selected event of high quality crafts) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,2016
Carlisle Art in the Pen 2015
Crafts in the Pen, Skipton 2015
Finalist in the designer/maker category of Cumbria Life Culture awards
Selected for Upfront Open Exhibition January - March 2016
Selected for all Art in the Pen events 2016
Selected for The Big Art Show Shrewsbury July 2016
Selected for York Art Market Sept 30th - October 2nd 2016