I have always been involved in Textiles. My grandmother, like myself, sewed from a very young age and I still have her bespoke dress form in my studio in Salts Mill, and some of her fabrics grace my stash – too beautiful to use until I have the perfect idea to turn them from beautiful fabrics into a stunning piece of clothing, a memory to treasure.
My grandmother taught me the handing of cloth, telling me to touch, feel the cloth, hold it in your fingers, take the bolt of cloth and hold it up to see how the fabric fell, how does it drape, how would it handle in cutting, sewing and wearing. Passing on these skills is part of the whole process of sewing and this is what is learnt over time, with exposure to fabrics, and to great seamstresses.
My grandmother has such expertise, such patience and such skill that I try everyday to live up to her expectations. Without her guidance, I am not sure that I would have been quite as skilled as I am today.
I have been so privileged over the years to being taught, not only by my grandmother, but by many talented seamstresses over the years, all more than happy to pass on their spin on sewing, tailoring, machining and design.