Originally from the Romney Marsh area of Kent, creative life for me started in the 1970s living on and working a horse-drawn narrowboat carrying cargo around the country’ s canal systems (sometimes using a motorboat for areas where the horse could not go). We carried loads such as Roses lime juice in barrels, coal, grain and gravel.
In the late 70s my cargo was bagged clay from Stoke on Trent Potteries, conveyed to Camden Lock Basin in London and sold to Potters from all over the city. I was right in the hub of a wonderful eclectic “craft world”. With the demise of canal transport and having a young family it was time to move and the Essex/Suffolk border became home.
In the 1990s I acquired a flock of sheep and went out on the road as The Romany Shepherdess – A Traveling Display of Sheep and Shepherd. I visited schools with ewes, bottle fed lambs and a collection of wonderful old shepherding tools (some being family heirlooms). I taught children about shepherding, sheep and fleece, which led to me spinning weaving and dyeing with the children which was a wonderful experience.
These days I concentrate on felt making. My inspirations come from the colourful life that I have led, a love of nature, clothes and interior designs.