My business name is “forage”. It describes of my process of seeking out textiles which are reclaimed, recycled and vintage.
Using textiles to create artworks was a concept that I first explored during my senior high school years (1989 is certainly a long time ago!)
I created a flowing, floor length coat made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together. It was brilliantly colourful and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins. I was marked to be in the top 2% of the state for this fantastical creation, and invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”.
After school I spent many years living and working in Europe as a nanny. I relished these experiences which were so vastly different from my upbringing in the central west NSW town of Orange.
Upon my return home to Australia, I established a boutique florist and homewares store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, an ideal backdrop for me to indulge my passion for colour and design, as well as buying and merchandising.
We worked with private, corporate and media clients creating concepts for print media and television. Over the years there were many local and international weddings and collaborations on product launches.
Some notable clients included: Dior, Ikea, Channel 10, 9 and 7 Sydney and The Lifestyle Channel, The Art Gallery of NSW, HSBC, L’Occitane,
Majestic Cruiselines, NSW Parliament House, Opera House Sydney, Woollahra and Waverley Councils and Sony Australia.
Since the sale of my business in 2013, I have once again turned my creative attention to my love of textiles. I have multiple retailers and galleries which I have partnered with to sell my collaged textile artworks. I also teach workshops to pass on my love and knowledge of reclaimed textiles.