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to see if they would sell them. I was nervous at first, but they were well received and that gave me confidence.

Whose work do you admire?

I am a huge fan of Elaine Pamphilon and Alfred Wallis – they are probably my favourite artists. I am also loving recent paintings by Simon Hart – they remind me of patches of spotty and stripy fabric – more of my great loves!

Describe your typical working day.

I have 2 boys, one of whom is still at home with me all day, so it’s a constant juggling act! I have a (very) part-time job at the local bakers, so I start there at 5.30 am. After taking my eldest to school I have a window of between 1 and 2 hours to crack on

with some work while the toddler amuses himself – he’s pretty good at it fortunately, but naturally I’ve only got so long before he wants to ‘help’ me at the sewing machine or tries to get hold of the superglue! Really I can only hope to get anything done once they’re in bed, so I’m usually up working until about 10pm. Once my son starts school, I’ll be able to invest more time in the business.

A nautical theme is prevalent in your work; tell me more about this influence.

I can only assume it stems from growing up 5 minutes from the beach – my grandparents had a beach hut and we spent virtually whole summers down there. I lived in Cambridge for about 5 years (that’s where I did my degree) but I missed the coast like mad. I always knew I’d

come back to it some day. It’s like a draw, you know.

Tell me more about your beachcombing finds.

My favourite pastime! I get so excited about banal objects that most people wouldn’t look twice at – and I love it even more because it’s free! Although saying that, one time my partner and I found a lovely long piece of driftwood, which only just fitted in the car – and when I shut the boot, the windscreen cracked! I was mortified – and it was right outside a busy cafe too. So we had to pay £50 excess on the windscreen. But most of the time it’s free!

Your background is printmaking and illustration; do you still find time to do this?

In a word, no! I take a keen interest in

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