Your designs are inspired by the British countryside and nature – do you live in the countryside yourself?
I live near the centre of Bath, not really the countryside, but the lovely thing about this city is that we are surrounded by rolling green hills. Even standing in the centre of Bath you can see the hills and trees in the distance – it gives a feeling of space, and you never feel claustrophobic like you do in some cities. I do long to live more rurally though – I hope one day soon to have fields on my doorstep. I am very inspired by the countryside – especially our hedgerows and woodlands and all the plants and creatures that live there.
Which season do you find most inspiring for your work?
I find winter the most inspiring season for my work. In winter the fields and hedgerows are stripped down to their bare bones – seed heads and teasels, red berries, pine needles and evergreen leaves. I like to look at a small cross section of hedgerow and try to translate that into copper – lots of overlapping delicate plants, seeds, and leaves.
Other than nature, where else do you seek inspiration for your work?
I draw inspiration from antique embroideries, textiles, papercuts, European and American folk art, old maps, engravings, and old English folk traditions. I also love looking at Mary Delaney’s exquisite paper cut flowers.