Inspired by a love of Nature, I create characters and their movements, experimenting with knitting, crochet and embroidery techniques, working from studies of creatures from Museums, Wildlife centres, Vivariums and Aquariums, I develop texture, form and paint with telephone wire, pipe cleaners and wool. Inventing the creature characters, form and movement organically, so that the character grows in the making process.
My use of colour is striking, inspired by the deep sea life that lights up, against the sea bed, the wonderful Coral reef, the lush, exotic creatures of the rainforest and in keeping with the garish, wacky, tradition of puppets throughout history.
I am inspired by the fantastic and strange, I am aware, that I couldn't create anything, as weird and wonderful as the real thing and it is this struggle to do so that keeps me creating. My characters are brought to life with simple hand and rod mechanisms, I develop these by knitting around my hand creating a form around an opening mouth or around fingers to create life like, animalistic movements.