I studied fashion and design at college. The course focused on the industrial methods of manufacturing, pattern cutting and tailoring. A very thorough and detailed course. I worked in the fashion industry and various other employments along the way. Then some years later, when there was a shortage of Design Technology teachers I was fortunate enough to retrain. The skills and knowledge I had learnt fitted in perfectly for the classroom situation. As part of professional development I had the opportunity to attend courses that encouraged students to decorate and print their own fabrics. This enabled me to become more experimental and creative with fabrics leading me to find a style that reflected my enjoyment of working with this material. The flower pictures all started a few years ago when I wanted to give my sister a unique house warming present. I had some old linen sheets that had been our grandmothers. I dyed and painted the fabric having an idea to do a textile piece inspired by our father's garden. The finished piece was met with such a positive response that I felt encouraged to keep making!