I am first and foremost a ‘freeformer’! As much as I’d like my life to be more organised, more structured, much tidier and a whole lot more focussed, unfortunately I lack the discipline to bring all that into practise.
Diversity should be my middle name – I love to knit, crochet, bead, stitch, needlefelt and play with as many ‘toys of the trade’ as I possibly can, all in as freeform a manner as possible.
I love to teach and feel very privileged to do so – there is something extraordinarily satisfying about sharing what I’ve learnt over the years with other enthusiastic textile lovers. A dear friend of mine, Lynne Johnson and co-tutor said recently…”we are so lucky to be able do this”.
Despite the aforementioned lack of discipline and a very untidy house, my life is fun – full of exploration, inspiration and satisfaction. Most of the time.
While I follow my own path now, I learnt the basics of freeform crochet from James Walters and the late Sylvia Cosh back in 1997. I rate James, Sylvia and Jan Messent as the ‘masters of freeform’. They are my heroes!
I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of Australia known as The Illawarra, am married to a wonderfully patient not to mention very supportive bloke, and we have one son who along with his beautiful partner is currently living in Sydney.
And I went to art school – a lifetime ago it seems now. I mention art school because it signalled the beginning of my creative journey. And it was the best experience and something I would do again in a heart beat! It’s where I learnt to love and appreciate colour and texture and where I was taught that nothing is precious until it is finished.
I am an unashamed lover of animals (I simply cannot watch wildlife shows because I can’t stand seeing animals get eaten by predators, nor can I read books [about animals] that have sad endings) and books and while I have thousands of the latter, at the moment we only have one much loved pooch, an English Bull Terrier who weaves magic as did his namesake Merlin The Magician.
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