I will be exhibiting as part of the Artweeks Christmas Season between 6th November and 15th December 2017, at the Freeborn Gallery at Didcot Girls' School. Once again I will exhibiting alongside fellow Blewbury-based artists Charlotte Houihan and Eleanor Wong, and we're looking forward to presenting a colourful show of textile collages, painting and life drawing, along with limited edition giclee prints and vintage fabric cushions, bags, and other unique gifts.
I have sewn from a very young age, having been taught by my mother and grandmother, and have been doing it ever since! After obtaining an art degree specialising in print making, I painted murals for a while (greatly inspired Richard Shirley Smith who was a resident of Blewbury where I grew up), and then moved to London. At this point I got rather sidetracked from my artistic aspirations and worked in music product and production management (taking a year out during this time to study for an interior design diploma). I moved back to Blewbury with my husband after our son Gabriel arrived. After the birth of our daughter Margot, turning my love for sewing and textiles into a business seemed a natural step. I started Dawn Chorus Vintage in 2011, creating high quality soft furnishings from vintage fabric. This soon developed into a passion for creating beautiful pieces of art, in the form of textile collages combining vintage fabrics and free-motion machine embroidery. Colour and pattern make me very happy, and this is reflected in the fabrics I use, which are all genuinely vintage, ranging from the 1930s to 70s. The thought of something beautiful and once treasured being thrown away makes me feel rather sad, so I get a great sense of satisfaction from turning them into something contemporary, special, and unique.