I began making Dorset Buttons many years ago and hugely enjoy exploring and learning about the historical patterns of this heritage craft, one which allows for continual creative freedom. Within my work I use plant-dyed cotton threads and hand-dyed woollen yarns. My natural colour choices and designs are strongly influenced by the flora and fauna of the Lake District. I incorporate local Herdwick and Swaledale fleece, yarns and horn within my button work.
On trips around the Solway coast I collect pieces of driftwood which inspire me to create sustainable wall hangings, showcasing my Dorset Button designs.
I also love hand sewing and am currently working items influenced by the Japanese patching and stitch techniques of Boro. The sustainable aspect of this ancient mending style compliments my existing textile work and ethos of using responsibly sourced fabric remnants to create unique hand sewn pieces.
I participate in local craft events to promote my work.