Part 1 – History
Who are you and what physical path has your life taken?
My Family – my father was in Bomber Command during the Second World War and continued in the R.A.F. until he retired in 1979 – He died in 1984
My Mother had a drink problem and for many years my uncle lived with us – He was an alcoholic – I am an only child.
We moved many times in the UK as well as living in Cyprus and Africa. I had about 12 different schools and I always seemed to be packing and unpacking. My stuffed animals on my bed were very important to me and I used to talk to them…(I guess that maybe that’s why I ended up working in Children’s TV programmes and toy industry)
I went to all sorts of schools, State, Private, Protestant, Catholic and even boarding school for a short time.
My Mother went to Art School and became a successful artist.
I married young 20 and had 2 children when 22 and 23, then got divorced – so on my own with 2 young children. Trained to be Art teacher and taught for a while and then ran the Education Department in a City Art Gallery
(When I was 16 I was given my first weaving loom by a friend of my Mothers and have been weaving on and off ever since - I now have several looms.)
I left the Art Gallery to join Children’s TV production and worked designing all the publicity/trade fairs and guidelines for associated products. I travelled between New York, Tokyo and the UK always thinking about new ways to present programmes and products.
Whilst at the Art Gallery as well as teaching and lecturing I ran practical art sessions and organized exhibitions
As a child I loved walking being outside with my father sailing and watching him motor racing at Silverstone
Moved to France in 1997 with my wonderful husband and created a colourful garden.
My husband died 4 years ago so bought a house in Norfolk to look after my Mother who by this time had altzheimers – She died 3 days before I arrived in Norfolk – but she knew I was coming.
So now live in Norfolk with my looms and visiting children and grandchildren
Part 2 – Process
How do you work and what do you love to do?
I love arranging things
I love seeing order in things especially stripes
I work by taking photographs then abstracting them to colour and shapes as appropriate
Look for texture of wool/yarn and structure – that would best represent the shapes and feelings I want to get over ….space peace joy solitude
Part 3 – Content
What do you care about?
My passion – colour, form and rhythm
I realize that is what I was doing when designing and hanging exhibitions, organizing exhibitions, designing gardens, weaving rugs, and now I guess tapestry
I am not sure how this works
But when working of even gardening I would concentrate and finish the design or project.
With weaving – tapestry I nearly always let things divert me whether its family life, social life, new ways of creating. I think I am afraid that my weaving will not be as good as I hope it will be and I will fail in my own eyes – so don’t do as much as I should
However I know when alignment set in I could be up all night