"Many people were first taught to embroider by their mother or grandmother and have been stitching most of their lives. I did a few pieces at school but it wasn't until much later on in life (after careers such as mechanical engineer and croupier) that I really became interested in it. I enrolled on a textile home study course but frustrated at not being able to experiment because I didn't know enough basics, I decided to learn hand embroidery techniques and was awarded a place on The Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship. I graduated in 2006 and currently teach for the RSN on certificated, diploma and seasonal courses in several locations.
I went on to gain a Certificate in Education from Greenwich University and a Diploma in Fine Art from the Cyprus College of Art. I am also a member of the Rochester Cathedral Embroiderers.
I am the author of "The Royal School of Needlework - Essential Stitch Guide to Silk Shading" (it does what it says on the cover!) and signed copies are available to buy now from my shop. I was also lucky enough to be part of the team of embroiderers who worked the embroidery on the wedding dress of The Duchess of Cambridge in 2011."
Finalist in the Bridging Arts British Sari Story competition, 2010
Gold and Silver Wire Drawers Goldwork Prize, 2005
Winner of the RSN Stitch Sampler Design Competition, 2005
Hilda Watson Prize for Silk Shading, 2004
Diploma in Fine Art, Cyprus College of Art, 2009
Certificate in Education, Greenwich University and North West Kent College, 2008
Diploma in Traditional Hand Embroidery, Royal School of Needlework, 2006
BTEC in Botanical Painting and Drawing, Richmond College, 2006
NOCN in Printmaking, 2005
NOCN in Art and Design, 2004