Born in Denmark, I trained as a weaver in the workshop of John Becker in Copenhagen. After moving to London in the 1960’s, I worked with Karen Finch, restoring antique tapestries. Using mainly Nepalese handspun nettle yarn I design and weave tapestries, often with a mythological, mystical or meditative theme; some inspired by the written word.
The weaving techniques are simple and traditional. The long slow work process is important to the development of each piece, and the aim is to produce a strong, contemporary, thought-provoking image, sometimes with a dreamlike quality. The brilliant colour ranges, and the diversity of texture in the different yarns, are a constant challenge and excitement.
I taught part time at Bath Academy of Art for many years, and regularly run workshops and classes for adults and children. I was artist in residence at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton in 1998, and featured in the BBC 2 Arts and Crafts programme in 1999. During 1998 – 1999 I worked with the community of Franciscan Brothers at Hilfield Friary in Dorset, where I taught some of the Brothers to weave. I designed four large panels, which were woven by the community for their recreation room.
My work has been widely exhibited in this country and abroad, and I have written a book: “Tapestry Weaving”, which was published by Search Press in June 2002, and translated into Polish in 2004.
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I currently work from a studio near Bradford-on-Avon, Bath.
I work on a large upright tapestry loom with a weaving width of about two metres (seven feet) and a variable length. Some tapestries are woven from the bottom upwards so that the warp runs vertically through the piece. Others are woven on their side to achieve more fluid lines. The weft is woven in by hand in small areas at a time.
Smaller tapestries are woven on a simple wooden frame using the same weaving techniques.