South Africa





My quilts and fibre are archives of my life that stems from words, travels and secrets women share. I have a continuing fascination with travel, especially exotic places like North Africa, Turkey and India. My work is a synthesis of memories and observation that celebrates these special places and the people that live there. I sometimes wonder why I work in fibre, as it’s such a slow process. But I love the storytelling, image making, the texture of the fabrics and the painterly potential of it. Each time I feel as though I am unwrapping a parcel and discovering more and more.... My quilts are a combination of machine embroidery and hand embroidery. I love the process of layering. I often start off with white fabric and then paint, print, dye, colour, stencil, embroider, quilt and stitch on beads or buttons to enhance the layering process, like the layering of a story coming alive.

• Educator’s diploma – 1974
• Bachelor of Arts Degree 1981 & DSO Remedial Education 1982
• Head of Department at LSEN School
• Member of Fibreworks, Natal Quilters Guild & South African Quilters Guild
• Taught quilt making & techniques at National Festivals in South Africa, as well as other parts of South Africa & the Netherlands on invitation
• Work published in numerous publications nationally & internationally
• Participated in exhibitions in SA, Europe, North & South America, New Zealand, Australia & Canada
• Awards internationally & nationally:
- ‘Best Art Quilt’ twice & ‘Best on Show’ at National Quilt Festivals
- World Quilt Festival in Michigan, USA: ‘Best of Country’
Award in 2003 & ‘Best Use of Colour’ Award in 2005
• Work represented in private & public collections in SA & abroad