I clearly remember school sewing lessons.The first project was ashirt, andwas then allowed to create an abstract ‘composition’ with layers of coloured net and machine stitching.The realisation that sewing didn’t have to be lazy daisy, French Knots, zips or button holes was a revelation and a joy. At the samemoment I was also discovering ‘modern’ art – the likes of Monet, Picasso, Mondrian, Klee etc. and the thought that I could marry the two was the start of a (very) long term connection to fabric, stitch and art. This was put on hold somewhat during my academic studies during which Iwas awarded a Joint Honours Degree in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from Bangor University (Wales) and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Systematics from Loughborough University (UK).At around the same time, the return of a friend from his travels in Thailand and Nepal awakened in me a new fascination about the traditions of widely differing cultures and times. This scientific background and an interest in the natural environment and it’s connection with human existence is often combined in my process, whether or not it is obvious in the completed works.