My textile life started when, never having even seen a knitting machine, I enrolled on a course for machine knitting. I knitted for some years using ribbon, plastic, wire and fibre optics. In 2000 I was joint winner in the V&A’s “Inspired By” competition, for which I designed and knitted a ballet dress based on a Swedish glass bowl. The following year I won my section with a wire necklace based on a spinet. I was awarded first prize in the student section of the Waistcoat Challenge at the Alexander Palace show for my wire waistcoat. I then decided to enlarge my experience of metal knitting and took a coursed in metal sculpture at Morley College. I made a dress from mild steel and wire knitting but felt I was not really strong enough to continue with the welding and gas cutting and returned to slightly more conventional work.
I then enrolled at Morley in the advanced textile workshop and a new world opened up, with new techniques such as screen printing, devore, dyeing and heat pressing. I am not good at producing beautiful designs and pieces of fabric – I am more of a conceptual artist. I need to have an idea to work on. My pieces include Handbags for Opera Heroines, a doublet for a Hoodie Hamlet, a piece based on the Killing Fields and one on John Betjeman’s poem “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough !” I also enjoy knitting wire jewellery. Currently, I am sculpting with plaster of Paris, with the idea of combining it with fabrics.