Embroidery has always been an important part of my life, some of my earliest memories are playing under my mother’s large five-foot frame, as she worked on her latest commission, and later helping by passing beads, threading needles and cutting gold.

In school, I excelled in both science and creative subjects, deciding on astrophysics for my degree and then teaching physics. This gave me problem solving skills and the ability to think ‘outside the box’, returning to embroidery for thinking time.

I encourage my students to be creative, to help solve physics problems, letting their minds wander, as I had done. Many have found this approach beneficial to their wellbeing and their homework, as it reduces stress and allows them time to think through the problem.

I enrolled on the RSN’s C&D program, after deciding to explore embroidery further, as it allowed me to continue to teach while working through different techniques, receiving expert advice and tuition. I love the technical aspects of embroidery, the use of colour and variety of threads.

As I have worked through the modules, my technical skills have grown using my creative and problem-solving skills to adapt ideas into designs, especially after moving on to the Diploma.

In the future, I see myself as a professional artisan, working on my own.