I have loved making, touching, looking at textiles all my life and used to design and make quite a lot of my own clothes right until my late 20s. I had a very simple loom I experimented with for a year or so after my parents brought back a small Navajo weaving from New Mexico when I was 8. I can still picture the piece now, decades later.
My renewed interest in weaving got kick-started by a taster course with weaver and textile designer Margo Selby in London a few years ago. I have been working on an 8-shaft loom since, and a second table loom with 16 shafts has been added last year. Essentially self-taught and with the work of a favourite artist, Paul Klee, often at the back of my head I am producing evocative woven panels for wall display. I call them ‘weavescapes’, as in 'mindscapes', 'soundscapes', 'landscapes'...
I take great pleasure in experimentation particularly with colour. The mathematical and construction aspects of weaving hugely appeal to my logical self. I also enjoy the rhythmic, almost musical nature of themes and patterns, and find weaving to be a highly contemplative activity as it requires tremendous concentration. Some of the more unusual yarns I occasionally use are produced in Japan which has a hugely sophisticated textile culture. I understand that the Japanese do not distinguish between craft and art, and it is this territory my pieces aim to inhabit.
I was born in Hamburg (Germany). After completing an MA in Romance Philology at Heidelberg University I moved to London in 1979; on to Oxford with my husband in 2006. My professional life was spent almost entirely researching pictures and objects for publication or exhibition.
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