The tactile beauty of antique artifacts, paintings and paper ephemera have long captured my imagination. I wonder what stories they may tell, the lives they may have touched. The timeless artistry that still has the potential to open our hearts as powerfully as it did all those years ago. It’s possible to sense the toil, passion and patience of artists and artisans who dedicated their lives to perfecting their craft.
The creativity that blossomed from those times is for me an oasis of beauty – a warm familiar shelter, where the imagination can take flight and enter the realm of innocence and romance but also darkness and mystery. Perhaps this is why my creative heartstrings are tugged back through time to the Victorian era and beyond… to gather inspiration from the vision of those who lived before, and to share and sprinkle a little of the magic found along the away.
After over a decade in the world of interior design, I developed a passion for decoupaging antique ephemera and eventually taught myself ‘paint’ and weave images digitally. Components such as antique ephemera, textiles, historic paintings and my own watercolor paintings find their way into these designs. I also spend time in nature, foraging for plant life and natural textures to include in my work.
I see my creative life as the realization of a unplanned dream and Miss Havisham’s Attic as a place of sanctuary in which to explore the magic of that evolving dream.