I am a professional textile artist and designer craftsman specialising in Felt sculptures, mixed textile art and Ottoman design.
I was very fortunate to spend my childhood in Africa and Turkey and my passion for Turkish and Ottoman design began when my father was posted to Istanbul for several years and I can clearly remember walking through the Topkapi Palace and marvelling at its amazing opulence and colourful treasures.
Cultural textiles and ceramics have always attracted me – they are usually very colourful, echoing the culture and environment and have a spontaneous quality; their patterns are full of memory and metaphor and link us to a mutual past. I have studied Ottoman costume and design and create patterns to be used to print textiles, wall art and other products.
Contemporary and Modern dance inform the shapes and movement of the felt sculptures, and figurative shapes are a feature of my textile art.
Fourteen years ago I studied for a BA Hons in Embroidered Textiles at Julia Caprara’s School of Textile Art and I have since exhibited every year in London with Prism Art Textiles and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
I have taught Textiles Design and Technology at secondary school and now work full time as an artist.
Publications and interviews
- Prism Mall Galleries, London 2008 – 2014
- Prism Hoxton Arches Gallery, London 2015 – 20 18
- Prism Hiscox Centre, London 2016
- Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries London 2009 – 2013
- Pure Arts 2013
- Crowborough Arts Open Studios 2014 – 2017
- Tunbridge Wells Artisans – 2018
- T Wells Gallery. Tunbridge Wells – 2018