I was born in south west Cornwall and grew up as part of a creative family. It was almost inevitable that I would go on to study textiles.
In the year 2000 I studied Textile and Surface design at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, and specialised in Surface Design which incorporated machine embroidery and the manipulation of different fabrics. My current lampshade designs have developed from my initial ideas of producing beautiful and functional pieces for everyday use.
My lampshades use simple, elegant designs inspired from the landscapes and coastal footpaths and gardens from around West Cornwall where I live with my husband and three children. I have produced a variety of different collections, some of which incorporate the simplicity of machine embroidery and others where I add appliqué materials using Liberty Print fabrics.
My signature backgrounds tend to include a ‘natural’ colour felt made from 40% wool 60% acrylic. This produces a softer shade of light, and also allows the design on the shade to be lit to its full potential. I also love the tactile feeling of the felt and the touch of indulgence that it gives to something that can be enjoyed every day.
Once I have stitched the designs i then mount each lampshade individually on to a PVC backing which has been tested and passed the ‘Glow Wire Test’ carried out by the Lighting Association, these are then hand rolled onto epoxy coated white rings.