I have always been fascinated by the tactile qualities in the surface and texture of handmade paper. I’m drawn to its imperfections and fragility and have sought for many years to emphasise these qualities in my work. I aim to create pieces that appear time-worn, by manipulating or distressing papers, textiles and found objects, to eventually achieve a sense of the pieces’ history.


Fossils and ancient artifacts have always been an endless source of inspiration - I try to give many of my works an appearance reminiscent of archaeological finds. I am also inspired by myths and legends, and love creating fish and intriguing fantasy creatures, with scales, spines and trailing tendrils.


I am a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, the Leicester Society of Artists, the Tesserae Textile Group and the Lutterworth Stitchers Group.

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