My family history and traditions have brought me through four generations
of seamstresses, and since watching my mother and grandmother sew when
I was a small child, I’ve now been sewing professionally for 35 years
and have a European degree of qualification in this work.
My home now is permanently on the island of Tasmania.
Since moving here I’ve set up my work studio and it is situated in a lushly
green, leafy garden, is full of wild and exotic birds, and has a panoramic
view of a valley and eastern mountains.
The air here is always crisp, clean, refreshing, and infused with birdsong,
so perhaps because of these idyllic surroundings, my creative energies have
been enhanced since being in Tasmania and for the past several years
I’ve been designing and making different sorts of costumes.
I’ve developed a keen interest in 15-18th Century wear and now
it has almost become an obsession for me. Every day sees me sewing
or designing something connected to that bygone time, be it clothing,
headwear, accessories, and footwear.
My creative output so far shows a somewhat stylized version of the 11th-18th
Century wear, however I’m currently researching historical patterns, and trying
different processing methods of distressing fabrics so that
I can obtain authentic accuracy to the period.
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