Holding qualifications in nursing, quality and business management and after many years working as a Health Administrator I retired from full time work in 2011 to focus my endeavours into the creative world of art.
In this regard my initial pathway was through my sewing experience as a result of costume design and creation for my two daughters who were very active dancers. One daughter went on to become a professional ballerina the other a milliner.
Although I took a break from sewing given my hectic pace of life to include work and my enjoyment of bush walking the creative bite again took hold. In 2005 while still working full time in country Victoria I took a patchwork class and became immediately enthused. My learning in this regard continued over a 4-year period while still working full time.
With my new-found enthusiasm, my knowledge rapidly growing and having a clear goal of establishing a small business that was creative, characteristic and of a contemporary nature I retired from full time work and in November 2011 and “Threads and Tangles” was formed. The key intent was to promote excellence in teaching and the provision of a productive long arm quilting service.
To this date Threads and Tangles remains a viable small business. My work has been published in a number of magazines and books. I have presented at a number of quilt groups to include Trunk Shows and I have taught locally, nationally and internationally. I have also published two online Zentangle Classes which have been well sought after.
In summary I am a teacher and an award winning longarm quilter. I love to learn and experiment as such I am continuing to develop my skills and slowly venturing onto other art forms to include drawing with graphite and colour pencils, mixed media, photography and watercolour.
Relevant Teaching Qualifications:
- Certificate 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training
- Certificate of Assessor/Preceptor Training
- Certified Zentangle Teacher – Zentangle
- Jenny Haskins Accredited Tutor – Machine Embroidery
- Victorian Quilters Inc Teacher Accreditation with Specialist Techniques
- Victorian Quilters Inc
- Westernport Quilters Inc
- Studio Art Quilt Associates Inc