About my work
I like to print on paper and fabric, I like to experiment and see what happens, I like drawing – particularly flowers, and particularly wild ones as I have done that since I was a kid and their essence is part of my connection to the natural world. I like to focus on things for long periods, interests which that get me hooked. Like a tree I know, or a plant species or a sweep in the road. I etch, mono print, screen print, and often combine the techniques to achieve more depth. I print cushions and embroider them to relax and enjoy the timelessness of a sewing needle’s rhythm. And I make things out of bits of old, reclaimed things as I am a collector by nature. Proud to be eclectic.
Hi I live in Bewerley and have spent many years teaching, first as an English teacher , and then as an Outdoor Education teacher at Bewerley Park Centre. The latter has given me a passion for Nidderdale from it’s open moorland landscapes down to the wonderful meadows and verges. Being from a farming background I have to be outside to be completely at ease – and I like to explore and wander about! I was lucky enough to return to college to study for a foundation degree in “Contemporary Textile Practice” at Hartlepool college of Art and Design. This inspiring experience, drawn out over four years, gave me such diverse skills; and a joy in experimentation which has led me down a route of being an excited “jack of all trades”. So in early retirement, I have taken the plunge to run my own gallery/ shop as I call it. Opening only last April it is still a very new venture. Happily climbing the learning curve. Gill