I came across felting as an experiment when I was at the Royal College of Art. I was fascinated by the process of change that happened when you put a piece of knitting in the wash, I have been knitting and felting ever since.
I have a love of traditional crafts. Handmade functional objects are often constructed in such a clever way. Each object is unique and reflects the presence of its maker: in a sense the imperfections and choices we see, remind us of what it is to be human.
I started my business in 1998 making felted clothes and accessories, working from a small cupboard under the stairs.
A lot has happened since then.
My work has sold through The Designers Guild and small boutiques all over the world including Comme de Garcons’ flagship store in London; Couverture, London; Crafts Council, London; Contemporary Applied Arts, London; Norway Designs, Oslo and Takashimaya in New York.
Inspired by my belief in the importance of craft and wanting to share my passion, I qualified as a Steiner Teacher in 2010, and have been teaching Handwork to adults and children in Steiner schools and informal classes ever since. My teaching takes inspiration from my own craft practice.
In the last two years I have co-founded the UK Waldorf Handwork Community and organized the first series of conferences for Handwork Teachers in the UK.
In 2014 I helped establish the first UK Handwork Teacher Training Course. My hope is that one day all children will be taught knitting again!
2015 will see the launch of a new website with an online shop and a timetable of craft classes. If you are interested in the slow craft movement, please keep in touch. You can subscribe to this blog, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.