After 20 years working in fashion and living in Sydney’s Urban environment I made the tree change to Queensland. During my Sydney years I studied Fashion and Textiles, which I then followed up with a degree in Retail Management, and in my 30’s I studied Fine Art at Sydneys’ College of the Arts.
My passion for the environment underpins all that I create. I am endlessly collecting. When I work, I wait for the leaves to fall from the trees, and when using flowers, it may take weeks to get enough to make the dye. The Eco dyeing process that I use was developed by India Flint & it is from her books & workshops that I have been inspired to continue experimenting. Street art has a big influence, the paradox of ‘grafiting’ with leaves and plant material onto natural fibres, is a concept I enjoy exploring.
Depending on season and what materials are available. I make baskets and nests, and hand sew endlessly creating images on dyed backgrounds. The scarves that I make give other people a way to outwardly share my passion, I also work in wood and teach workshops. Making artisan items that can never be repeated allows me to share this passion for creating unique timeless objects.
How long have you been making?
As a small child I grew up in the Northern Territory in traditional indigenous communities, I started sewing and weaving when I was five and learned the importance of art and craft in everyday life.
How did you get started?
Textiles have always been a big part of my life, when I became a mother, I suddenly had the opportunity to find new ways to be creative, and traditional ‘womens work’ suddenly took on a new life.
What is your greatest inspiration?
My mother is always making, weaving and crafting, and I love using what is around me. The idea that I can just go for a walk and find leaves, bark, wood and fibre that can be repurposed into beautiful functional objects is very satisfying.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
Constantly being in a state of balancing my creative pursuits, and the family demands, provides the greatest challenge for my work.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
I love the freedom that I have to record my own story of everyday life, in such beautiful unique objects that I can share, and inspiring others to start making.