OUR PAST INFORMS OUR FUTURE: Born in and spent my child-time in Africa. My father was Professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Malawi.
Back to colder climes - UK.
Dyed my hair pink and 'ran away to join the theatre'. Trained at the Cockpit Theatre, co-founded the London Performance Company (young people’s political theatre), a Diploma in Graphics (London College of Printing), a BA Hons. in Jazz History and Jazz Voice (University of East London). MA in Devised Theatre (Dartington College of Arts, Devon), Big Brother 8 (2009) housemate (and all that goes with the media whoosh); 15 minutes of celebrity status/fame leading onto setting up Screens South West (training in acting and re-acting to the camera); 20 years of working in theatre and production; gigs, shows, events, cabarets and design.
My mother studied for an MA in Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art where my fascination with all things structural, constructed, woolly, made and developed, art and inspiration began. I learned to knit and purl when I was 16 years old.
The transition from the world of performance to working with fibre came about 6 years ago - from a chance encounter with a woman who ran a knitting group in my road. This is where I learned to knit again...
After hosting a Devon based trade event; the big KNIT show (2010 and 2011), and realising that our collaboration bore fruit we joined forces and formed a hand-knit design company. In 2013 I went on to form my own luxury hand-knit design company. What followed was unplanned but looking back appears pre-ordained and has exposed my love of designing beautifully constructed knitwear that is delicious to wear/own, some would say transformative and of course utterly comfortable.