To combine knitting and glass just seems like a natural form of self expression for me…. I moved to Plymouth in 2004 to attend The Plymouth College of Art and instantly fell in love with the waterfront City. Living in Plymouth, surrounded by the sea and the moors, I find I am never short of inspiration. I forever document the amazing places we go as a family and the beauty we see in nature in photographs. Whilst at college in 2006 I won a scholarship award with Teign Valley Glass studio in Bovey Tracey and have continued a working relationship with them ever since. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Applied Arts in 2007 specialising in glass. It was during my degree that I started to combine knitting with glass in different ways. I was really taken by combining knitted metals with blown glass and have been refining the technique ever since. My Del Mar series was developed for my graduate show. They started from humble beginnings but have become more elegant and sophisticated. They were a real labour of love which is why they are my favourite pieces to make. I love to knit. It's a skill that has been passed down through my family for generations. The concentration needed and the repetitive hand movements make knitting and crochet really therapeutic and I see it as a real form of self care. Knitting has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life. Having had almost a decade out of glass has made me realise how passionate I am about making glass and how much joy it brings me. During this time my knitting knowledge and skills have really expanded leading the way to lots of new exciting ideas!
K.O.P.O (Knit One Purl One) , photography by Simon Bruntnell
Small Del Mar