Coming from a family of teachers I eventually succumbed to the pull of the classroom and completed a PGCE in (Art & Design) Education. This was only supposed to secure a part time income to support my textile design business!
It has been fun, fascinating and frustrating. As a career it has also provided many exciting opportunities to work with hundreds of makers (young and old), to support creative learning & encourage participation in the Visual & Performing arts.
I hope my students will continue to appreciate the skills involved in making artwork even if they follow a different path.
As an educator I have always considered it essential that I continue to experiment, study, develop new skills and make. I passionately believe all teachers should be supported to be practitioners - believe it or not that is rarely the case.
In addition to work in secondary schools I have taught adult classes in sculpture, print making, textiles and life drawing.
I retired from Secondary education in 2016 after 29 years but continue to offer adult workshops in printmaking & experimental textiles.I really enjoy that creative buzz which develops when I'm working with new groups in workshops as a visiting artist.