I’m an artist and designer with a rich and diverse portfolio inspired by my love of the British landscape and steeped in the artisan tradition of the Arts & Crafts movement. I trained in the fine arts, studying painting and sculpture before undertaking an apprenticeship with Quaker potters in the Welsh Marches. My work now encompasses everything from designing beautiful chinaware, rugs, flooring and stationery for partners including the National Trust, to creating unique knits to treasure. I’m a passionate believer in making joyful, accessible pieces which add a welcome splash of colour to everyday life.

 

I’m endlessly inspired by the natural world surrounding my home between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. I’m never without my sketchbooks, and their pages quickly become filled with drawings, watercolours, pressed leaves and flowers as I record all of the enchanting details that catch my eye throughout the seasons. From the colours and patterns of a wild flower meadow on a summer’s day, to the ethereal quality of a butterfly’s wings, it’s often the tiniest of details that plants the seeds of a design.

 

As an enthusiastic knitter, I love translating my sketches and watercolours into gorgeous, nature-inspired knits and intarsia designs, which can be used and enjoyed for years to come. I hold regular knitting design workshops in venues such as Liberty, London during which I guide participants through the process of creating intarsia motifs based on favourite plants and flowers. The popularity of the workshops gave rise to my second book, A Story in Yarn: How to Design and Knit an Intarsia Heirloom Quilt, and this year I sees the launch of my third book, featuring my debut knitwear collection. Colourwork Knits contains patterns for twelve wonderfully versatile pieces with designs inspired by nature, from roomy sweaters and fitted cardigans, to a glamorous butterfly pom pom shawl and an elegant hydrangea knitted coat, hat and scarf.

 

Based in a studio in the historic market town of Monmouth, I’m constantly working on new and exciting projects, from exclusive tableware and textile designs for some of the country’s most renowned botanical gardens, to stationery and flooring collections. Everything I do stems from my love of colour, texture and working with different materials, as well as from my passion for creating pieces that are a delight to use or to wear. Please visit the News and Events pages of the website for updates on my latest projects and workshops.

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