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Please describe your work setting for us. I share my live-work studio space with my furniture-maker boyfriend in south London. It is currently full of my yarns, colour cards, looms, spinning wheel, mood boards and samples as he is working on a new project in another building, so I have temporarily taken over.


How do you maintain balance in your life between work and play? As I am a textiles addict, to relax I swap weaving for a bit of patchwork, knit or crochet, perhaps with a cocktail or two! I also love to draw and collage and cooking for my boyfriend always makes me totally zone out and switch off!


Do you ever have creative slumps and how do you deal with them? What keeps you motivated? Sometimes, if I’ve had to do lots of computer based work managing my business or working on my website, I do experience a bit of a creative block. To deal with this, I go on my


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favourite walk across Tower Bridge, to St Pauls Cathedral, across to the Tate Modern and back through Borough Market. I find when I get home from my walks, I am much more focused and motivated and ready to get down to some weaving! I also cycle and do yoga which keeps me nice and focused.


What or who has been inspiring you lately? I’m a hard core colour junkie at heart and take alot of colour inspiration from my own photography from travels,


as well as from vintage


artefacts and antiques. I’m currently very inspired by the women weavers of the Bauhaus, their contemporary approach and determined attitude and the quality of the work and skill in their creations.


How did you find your style and has it changed as your work has progressed? I currently make quite traditional textile pieces to showcase my psychedelic use of colour and bold


design, but am working towards using and developing these designs into pieces that interact with the body more, as well as making smaller accessories like woven collars. I’m currently experimenting with new colours and structures in the weaves which is very exciting!


What is the most rewarding aspect and the most frustrating of what you do? Any weaver will agree that snapped threads or a tangled warp are the most frustrating things in life, but when all is in order and each thread, heddle and shaft is doing what it should be, a sense of calm and order is restored.


Is ‘handmade’ a lifestyle choice for you? Yes, definitely. My life goal is to build a handmade house with my boyfriend on a farm and try to keep sheep for their wool and a small herd of Cashmere goats to make UK Cashmere! I believe the act of making has huge benefits, I always


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