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About me

I am a painter, printmaker and designer of textiles. I own a small fabric company called Cloth that I set up more than 25 years ago, because it made sense at the time and still does now.

I live in NSW's Blue Mountains on Darug and Gundungurra land, where I work with a small team of people who love what they do, making textiles by hand, the old-fashioned way.

I collaborate with others for the joy of making something together that we couldn’t make alone.

A big part of what I do these days involves running collaborative art projects geared to support mental health by helping people develop a creative practice.

I take commissions and I exhibit. My favourite place to be is working in my studio. Or pottering about the garden.

I’ve written a book and a manifesto to live by.

I live a simple life. It feels good.

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10,000 Hours Clay Project

They say it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. I’m putting that theory to the test and documenting the process. Over time, as I move from being a beginner potter to becoming experienced, I will show and make available for sale the results of my commitment. 

I number every piece I make, right there proudly on the clay. This helps me lean in to trusting my beginner’s mind, and clearly shows where each imperfect pot comes in the timeline of my 10,000 hour goal.

 

Working with clay feels exhilarating and free, and it also keeps me humble and grounded as a maker. 

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Community Garden Art Project

Community Garden is a collaborative art project that cultivates creativity and connection. 

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You'll forage, You'll draw, I'll print, and
you'll stitch.
You can take part wherever you are.

you don't need to be good at drawing or sewing. it's the imperfections that make our collaboration  beautiful.  

and you'll get to keep it at the end. 

look at what my collaborators did AT the Embroiderers Guild NSW

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september's theme WAs Australian natives and November'S WAS fruits and seeds.

want to collaborate with me on the next PROJECT?

Send me an email. 

Just announced, good people!

In june 2024, I'm doing two four-day community garden project residential retreats with Lisa Mattock of Forage.

Held in my own 'hood in the Blue Mountains NSW at Katoomba's historic Carrington Hotel, these two winter retreats have limited numbers, so if you are keen, head to the Forage website for all the details of the 4-day program and to book.

 

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It's the slow-stitching that people love the most. It's calming and lovely to get into a flow state. 

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I don't want anyone to miss out, and now you don't have to. I've made some extra fabric so if you'd like to do some slow-stitching, you can buy a Community Gardens oddment and go for it.

(Isn't 'oddment' a great word?)  

ClothFabric

It wasn’t long after I came to Australia that I started a business designing and hand-printing fabric. I wanted to make contemporary and natural fabric for people's homes, and I wanted to make it locally and sustainably. For me, continuing the tradition of hand-printed flatbed fabric production is more important than ever, in this increasingly digital world.

I started Cloth more than 25 years ago. Today my designs continue to be inspired by the Australian landscape and printed in small batches by hand in a tin shed in regional NSW.

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All my fabric is available to purchase online or by appointment in my studio and workshop in Blackheath, NSW.

 

We sell by the metre, by the piece and by the bundle. We also have a swatch service on request.

 

For all things fabric,

head to our ClothFabric website. 

ArtWork

The work I make is inspired by the materials I use and the environment I'm in. The land, the sea, the plants and animals around me. 

My art practice is where my textile designs begin, but the art I make is also very much its own thing. 

Every art work I make begins with being curious, really looking, and then drawing loosely and a bit intuitively.

The aim is always to enjoy the experience of flow, and keep the work simple, and full of the pleasures of layering, colours and shapes. 

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When it's hard to paint the clouds, we draw the mountains.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

Making things makes me feel good, and making things out of the scraps that most people turf out to landfill makes me feel even better.​

I save all my scraps, organise them into colour groups and curate ScrapCloth bundles of loveliness. These are ready to make into curtains or lampshades or cushions or anything else I can think of. 

ScrapCloth

Increasingly people are experiencing that it's calming and grounding to take some time to make something with your own hands. ScrapCloth bundles can be used along with other fabrics - like old pairs of jeans or existing curtains - to make something with good old-fashioned slow stitching. It's a lovely relaxing thing to do and something of a lost art. 

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Making things makes us feel good.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

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The Imperfect Manifesto 

It was a warm spring afternoon when we wrote this. Sitting around in our backyard with a glass of wine, we were talking about what mattered to us, what we felt about life. What began as a bit of picnic philosophy became a set of guiding principles. For me, these are words to live by.

ClothBound

This is my first ever book. 
It’s about my creative process over twenty years of designing and making ClothFabric. It's a labour of love that I worked on with a group of lovely and talented people.

 

ClothBound tracks the development of my work all the way from first images and notes made in my sketch books through to resolved designs and collections. In the book I tell those stories, champion the imperfect and offer up a modest philosophy of sorts. This is heart and soul of Cloth in 240ish pages, and I'm quite proud of it.

 

Cabins
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I live in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains on the Rough Track on 29 acres above the Grand Canyon. It's a place that inspires me every day.

We've recently completed some much needed renos to our two ironstone cabins. We've upped the ante, so they feel a bit like a relaxed kind of gallery of handmade and sustainably repaired furnishings, like the work I showed in Modest Fancies at Shoalhaven in 2022. 

If you'd like updates on the cabins, click on the link below to see the Rough Track website and subscribe. 

Rough Track Cabins

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When you get right down to it, the essential thing is to do what you do with your whole heart.

- The Imperfect Manifesto -

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Darug and Gundungurra people, the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work.

We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 

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