I’m a creator at heart: making has been something I have always done, at school, at home, and everywhere in between. A lot of my fond childhood memories revolve around creating things, like knitting a family of cats, or sewing a peg bag in primary school. After this, I felt it was only natural to further my art; I did my degree (Fine and Applied Arts) in the Belfast School of Art, with a specialisation in textiles. I graduated in 2003, and then went onto doing a Master’s degree in Business Studies. Throughout all my studying, the love of creating was still there! I wanted to work with my skills in doing the things I love – and Rag Button was born.
When I am not in my studio creating, I can be found teaching, at the Ulster University in Belfast, as Embroidery Technician. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge with others, having worked locally in many art centres, running workshops and venturing further afield to Goiania, Brazil, to share my skills with the local women in deprived areas.
I express my thoughts and capture my personal life through textiles too, creating works that document times past. I have been able to share these works through involvement with research projects, traveling further afield with my work to Vietnam.
60 Island Road, Ballycarry, Carrickfergus, BT38 9JE