Jane P.

My Grandmother taught me to sew when I was a small child, and as I grew older dressmaking too.

I continued to learn at school, though did not take exams as my parents did not regard sewing as a 'proper' subject!

After school I qualified as a microbiologist and later as a Lifelong Learning tutor,but was still sewing. After having my family, I studied part 1 &2 City and Guilds in design and creative embroidery with Ruth Isset. It was the beginning of a wonderful journey.

In the studio, I love being surrounded by fabrics, digital cameras, laptop, paints, colour, threads and sewing machines.Here I manipulate

photographs I have taken , use them to create designs which are stitched into. Printing, stitch,paint sticks, dyeing, reverse applique, machine and hand embroidery

are all techniques I regularly use. Sometimes other techniques come to mind depending upon what I an hoping to achieve.

Through creating textiles I hope to reflect that a healthy habitat and the environment are important to the human, and planet's,

well being. I aim to tell my stories through books, wall hangings, pictures and soft furnishings, of the area I live reflecting the sense of place, wonderful walks, history, architecture and environment that are good for the soul.