I’m always inspired and enthralled by the tiny details found in nature and I love living in this valley with it’s many woodlands paths, moorland and meadows. I walk often with my camera taking it all in and trying to figure out how to express what I see in my work.
My studio is home to my incredible laser cutting machine which I use to cut all the motifs for my lamps and other paper pieces. It is able to cut with such precision, which is wonderful because I love the details. I use the machine to cut silhouettes but also engrave texture and pattern. It can take the finest layer of paper away which allows me to play with the amount of light coming through and build up layers of light and shadow. I love switching on a lamp for the first time and watching the design come to life.
I design my wallpapers in house, using the same motifs and they are printed using traditional methods in one of the few remaining wallpaper factories in the UK. I have eight botanically inspired designs, with many colours to choose from. You can see sample books in the studio and I have A4 samples to take away.
If you have visited my studio before you will have been to my old one in Burlees House, which very sadly was lost in a huge mill fire in August 2022. I have now relocated on the Topland Business Park above Mytholmroyd. I miss being in the centre of Hebden Bridge for it’s convenience but there are many benefits to being up here on the hill. I do hope you’ll embrace the adventure and come and visit me.