Inspired by nature
Sally’s work reflects her love of nature and her memories and experience of growing up on a Yorkshire smallholding. Colour and texture form an integral part of the mixed-media work she produces and her inspiration comes from the environment around her, be it natural or man-made.


Working methods
Sally creates one-off textural sculptures, relief work and two-dimensional pieces which are highly individual. The working methods she employs are extensive and include machine embroidery, hand stitching, printed image maker techniques, applique, acrylics, oil paints, felt-making and burning techniques combined with forged and welded metal work


Background
After gaining a first class honours degree in sculpture at Loughborough College of Art & Design, Sally acquired her textile skills through the City & Guilds Embroidery course. She has successfully combined these diverse skills to create imaginative and exciting creations.


Awards and Recognition
In 2008, Sally won the machine embroidery category of the national Madeira/Stitch competition, which toured the UK, including exhibitions at the NEC, Birmingham and the SECC, Glasgow. She was a finalist in the prestigious Pfaff Art Embroidery Challenge 2009, which showcased at Alexandra Palace, London and toured Europe. In the same year she was overall winner of the national Madeira/Stitch competition and her hand stitched piece was selected for the Embroiderer’s Guild Annual Touring Exhibition.

In 2010 Sally had a sculpture shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Show. Her mixed media work was shortlisted and selected for exhibition in the National Open art Competition in 2011 and last year, two of her pieces were also shortlisted. In the same year, her machine embroidery piece was highly commended in the National Madeira/Stitch competition and she was awarded the visitors choice.