60 second interview
Q: What is your favourite colour?A: GreyQ: Who first inspired you to start making/ creating and what words of advice did they give you?A: It was probably my grandma - she taught me to knit. I didn't realise it but as she was German she taught me the continental method of knitting which is really quick so I was very fortunate ! My Mum too was a huge source of inspiration; as she was an art teacher there was no shortage of projects for me in the holidays. I don't remember any particular words of advice but she really taught me to try to look at a piece objectively and to experiment widely. Never be satisfied too soon !Q: Where and when do you most like to work?A: I'm really lucky as I work in my favourite place - a wooden barn on the side of my Mum's house in Northumberland. I love working in here - it's completely quiet and the views are amazing ! As to when - I'm a bit of a workaholic so my problem is stopping !Q: Which season of the year most inspires you?A: AutumnQ: What can't you work without?A: A pencil, ruler, scalpel and a piece of paper. Q: Whose work do you most admire?A: I love painters such as Paul Nash, Ravilious, Bawden, Sutherland, sculptors like Barbara Hepworth; Illustrators such as Rackham, David Gentleman, Kathleen Hale, Mark Hearld...much of my inspiration comes from writing too - poets and playwrights like Shakespeare, John Donne, Andrew Marvell...(I could go on !)Q: What is your favourite piece of fiction and why?A: A film called "I Know Where I'm Going". Made in 1945 by Powell & Pressburger, I've found it an endless source of inspiration. As well as being a beautifully made film, it makes me think about fate, about stories that shape us and about the landscape - a sense of place. Q: What do you do to relax?A: Walk my lovely old collie/alsation cross rescue dog and work my way through a lot of boxed sets of sci-fi programmes !Q: Describe your artistic style in 3 words. A: Precise, decorative, resonant.