Art and science go hand in hand.
I trained as a botanist on the lush west coast of Canada, in the temperate rainforest understory of moss and ferns. Nowadays you’ll often find me in the woods of England, spindle in hand, creating as I walk. In my weaving practice I work primarily with a palette of subtle, shifting colours, and complex weaves that aren’t immediately apparent – as you look they jump out. I’m interested in iridescence, subtlety, and complex weaves. I’m a board member of Complex Weavers and a member of the Heritage Crafts Association.
As a handweaver, dyer, and craftsperson I’m committed to sustainable, natural materials, as well as the science behind them. Commercially, I own Saltwater Rose, a supplier of specialist yarns for my fellow weavers and textile producers. We work with everyone from individual makers, to independent production weavers & knitters, to commercial textile producers and textile colleges, to provide natural, precious materials, as well as consulting on materials and sustainability.
I have a ferocious sense of humour, I talk fast, and am overcome with enthusiasm for everything I throw myself into. As a scientist and an artist I see no clear border between the two camps. Both are grounded in experimentation, instinct, and an urge to push boundaries.