Making paper is my passion as is my love of nature. And so Pulpitations was born 10 years ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s been an amazing journey and I am still learning every day and continue to experiment and create.
As far back as I can remember I was always making things. As a child I used to gather up left over scraps from my mother’s dressmaking and create something with them. How I loved to rummage in the button box and a trip to the haberdashery shop was just pure delight!
My mum also shared her love of flowers, trees and birds and on walks we would pick wild flowers and leaves to take home, press, identify and label. And so my love of needlework and nature began.
I trained in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent specialising in hand embroidery on a miniature scale. My first job was at Designer’s Guild in London where we made the merchandise for their interior shops. It was here that I learnt and mastered the art of machine applique work along with many other techniques.
I went on to have my first business designing and making unique soft furnishing accessories and giftware in a characterful shop in the Cotswolds.
Some years later I went on a papermaking course and fell in love with this wonderful ancient craft which I then began to incorporate into my textile work.
began in October 2008 in the Courtyard at Dalby Forest where I had one of a cluster of workshops alongside other artists. My studio was open to the public for me to sell my work and I began to run papermaking workshops and attend events.
I call myself a “Papermaking Artist” as I make handmade papers to use for my artwork incorporating various techniques. I am fascinated with highlighting texture, patterns and silhouettes using different light sources. My most recent work is on a miniature scale creating tiny apertures encapsulating details of nature.
I am inspired by trees and plant material always searching underfoot, in hedgerows, woodland or on beaches for interesting finds. In my studio I have drawers and boxes filled with treasures! I visit family in Australia each year and my favourite place to be is in the rainforest amongst the trees, ferns and wildlife. I am also passionate about recycling and reusing.
In 2016 I set up my new studio in our garden which is located near Wetherby in West Yorkshire. My work is very varied from designing and making my unique products to giving demonstrations, running workshops and providing papermaking at events. I love the diversity of my work, to inspire others, the people I meet and the new places I discover.