Mixed Media Artist working with found and recycled vintage fabrics, lace, buttons and beads.
Hooks and Threads is a textile and mixed Media artist working from her home studio nestled in the Pennines. Working with free machine embroidery, she then embellishes her work with hand embroidery, lace, buttons and beads. Most of her fabric is salvaged from charity shops and given new life through her own designs and imagination.
Some of the vintage linens, lace and hand embroidery were her grandmother’s and are woven into her own new beautiful textile work and given new life. Much of the work is inspired by Hooks and Threads travels around the world, the Pennines and the natural environment she finds herself living in.
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I studied Graphic Design at Coventry University (formerly Lanchester Polytechnic) and obtained a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree and have worked in the arts for most of my working life as a designer, educator, teacher and trainer. I am a qualified lecturer with a Further Education Adult Teaching Certificate and a qualified Montessori teacher in Early Years.
On leaving university I worked in a graphic design studio in the Chilterns as a design studio manager working in advertising, gift wrap design, magazine layout, corporate identity and packaging design. I owned a graphic design agency for many years and went on to teach on the Graphic Design BA (Hons) Degree course at Coventry University and the Foundation in Art & Design at Milton Keynes College. I also taught on the Textile Degree courses at both institutions.
I helped to co-found the Art and Design Foundation Course at Milton Keynes College, was instrumental in helping obtain the BA (Hons) Degree at Milton Keynes College and was the Senior Graphic Design Lecturer. I also taught Business and Professional practice to the design, textile and media degree students.