I was born in Manchester and grew up in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
As a child I spent a lot of time outdoors, walking in the local countryside, playing in the garden in all weathers, and climbing trees; I was surrounded by nature.
I loved collecting things, especially leaves, flowers and petals to press, make potions with, and paint pictures from.
Drawing and making was an important part of my childhood.
At school Art Textiles was my favourite subject, and I went on to do a General Art & Design course, followed by a BTEC in Surface Pattern Design, at Stockport College.
I loved experimenting with a wide variety of media, from ceramics, painting and printmaking to working with fabric, wool and thread.
I went on to complete a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion & Textiles, specialising in Embroidery at the UCE in Birmingham, graduating in 1994.
I knew then that I wanted to continue my life as an artist working from my own studio, creating and making original work to sell.
After university I moved to Sheffield where I set up my home studio.
I designed and made greetings cards which sold worldwide.
Stockists included Liberty London, Paperchase, Harrods, Heals, John Lewis, Waterstones, Oasis and The Conrad Shop.
I also produced a range of original art pieces for Habitat which were sold in their stores across the UK.
My work has featured in magazines including Homes & Gardens and Love Embroidery, as well as a number of books on handmade cards.
In addition to my studio work I run Embroidery & Mixed Media Textiles workshops for adults, as well as running an Art Club for 5-11 year old children, which I set up in 2001 at a local primary school.
Other projects have included working for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity for over 10 years, creating art works with the patients; to display in the hospital for everyone to enjoy.
In 2019 I moved into a large studio space in Nethergreen, where I continue to create my own work, run weekly classes, workshops and events, as well as host other makers running workshops and talks.