My embroidery is inspired by industrial metal music, abandonment, apocalyptic life and death.
I often wonder how I would survive if the world had changed and I had to live in one of my embroidered worlds, what would suddenly become very important and what would become useless.
I try to add a hint of the sinister to my work, to give a slight feeling of unease as though you are hiding from something, maybe even a childhood memory of running away from something that scared you.
I use hand stitching to patch small pieces of rescued fabrics that will eventually become a background to work into. After a small amount of machine stitching to introduce lines, I add colour with dyes and inks and then hand stitch into the piece.
I have used all sorts of reclaimed fabrics in my work, from prayer flags that I had on my canal boat, to antique linen found in a charity shop. I love the feeling from the history of a fabric, what has it seen over the years?
So it has been quite the journey from my first embroidery of a snowflake when I was six to the gothic decay of today.