My Story

So, how did I get here?

As a 16 year-old I left rural Shropshire on the National Express bus, drawn toward the bright lights of London I was sure about two things…I wanted to be an artist and I loved to hear stories. So I painted and went to the pub!

I first showed my paintings and drawings at a gallery in Islington, London in the late 80s, then went on to work in the fabric trade, drawing pictures to print and embroider onto linings and trimmings. I’ve had various jobs including a stint working as an arts project organiser for the BBC, a jazz band manager and a book designer in a publishing company. Since 1999 I have made my living designing, painting, drawing, photographing, helping people setting up new businesses and helping people to solve their problems.

Inbetween all this work stuff I have four children who are at various life-stages, I’m a (young if you don’t mind) nanny, a mother-in law, a wife and seem to have accumulated various animals along the way. I love to study and have been back to college several times, in more recent years to study fine art and in the past languages and business admin.

As life has rolled-on I realise I have a skill for listening so have learned how to do this in a professional context, first studying for several years with Kate Rigby then taking Certificates in Counselling Skills and Mental Health Awareness and studying for a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling.

I hope that my real-life experience will inspire you to have a conversation with me about design, life or…design for your life…let’s talk