I’m a tapestry weaver working on a traditional wooden upright loom; I also work with looms built from scaffolding and acro props. My work is usually large scale and take months to weave. I use hand-dyed wool and a palette heavily influenced by the muted colours of the Yorkshire landscape.
My inspirations as a weaver are rooted in pre-Renaissance mural tapestries but I like to weave what would normally have been hidden or uncelebrated and lean towards the spontaneous, dark and atmospheric, all aspects which are at odds with the methodical, slow going, warmth traditionally associated with tapestry weaving.
I enjoy the technical demands of weaving as well as the creative process and as an archaeologist I am fascinated by its legacy. I am committed to the promotion and preservation of traditional textile crafts and exploring them as a contemporary art form.
I am a trustee of the Heritage Crafts Association, a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, a Churchill Fellow studying medieval tapestry, and included in the Craft Council’s Directory of the UK’s craft people and an artist in residence for the National Trust. This year I was awarded the Selectors Prize for Innovation by the Platform Gallery.