I have been recycling textiles into rugs and teaching rag rug making since 1986, using traditional rag rug techniques of hooking, progging and plaiting. I believe in re-using, sourcing locally and treading lightly on the planet.
My early work was informed by mythology, lore and ethnic art. Recent work has focused more on texture, colour and twentieth century art movements, with Nature as a continuous inspiration.
Whilst bringing rag rug making into the twenty-first century, I honour the generations of ordinary people who used their cast-off clothing to make rugs out of necessity. I love helping people to explore their creativity through such an accessible medium and offer courses locally and around the country.
I work to commission, exhibit and sell rugs, kits, rug making tools and equipment. I am a member of the Worcestershire Guild of Designer/ Craftsmen, the Creative Breaks Association, the International Guild of Handhooking Rug Makers, TAFA, lowimpact.org and the Heritage Crafts Association. I give talks and demonstrations locally.
In 2003 Traplet Publications published my book RAG RUG MAKING, reprinted in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014 and MORE RAG RUGS & Recycled Textile Projects, in 2011. My work can be seen in:
Herefordshire: the Lion Gallery in Leominster, The Ewe Tree at Hay-on-Wye, Timothy Hawkins Gallery, Bartestree. Worcestershire: Blue-Ginger Gallery at Cradley and Hartlebury Castle near Kidderminster. Shropshire: at Isaac Smart’s, Silk Top Hat Gallery and the Rural Crafts Centre, Myriad Organics in Ludlow. From April 1st 2017, also at Made in the Marches Gallery, 12 Church Street, Kington, Herefordshire.