The rich surfaces and light reflection of my textile collages are particularly suited to creating the dynamic qualities of moving water. The wave curves through deep sea-greens and teal then crashes in intricately cut foam of silk, satin and velvet.
I have a particular love for the delicate blooms of camellia 'Rainbow' that flowers in winter. Hand-dyed silks and satins capture the blushing from white to pink on the tip of each petal, with velvet describing the rich crown of stamens.
The leaves on my maple tree turn many different shades of crimson and yellow. I have been watching them float down-stream. The challenge in this textile collage was to convey the leaves beneath and on the surface of the river. Added to this I have, for the first time, strung the overhanging grasses with a spider's web. It shimmers, fading and re-appearing in changing light.
The oak woods that line the banks of tidal estuaries on Cornwall's south coast have a particular beauty. I hope I have conveyed something of this in my textile collage 'Overhanging Oak'.
The variety of leaf colour on one maple tree can be extraordinary. Autumn breezes have been blowing them from my tree and I have watched the leaves float by.
An autumn Sunday brings people and their dogs to the edge of the sea. Tall, short, old and young, all put a paw in the water and some glory in the surf.
Crabapple trees are a favourite of mine and I keep planting more. Just one is enough for crabapple jelly, which is delicious to eat and stunning to look at, real satisfaction in a jar.
There are days that are absolutely calm, but clear, clean waves come crashing onto the beach at Sennen. My plan is to spend much of the winter creating textile collages of waves and the sea. This is the first video to set the mood.
As my Cornish orchard has grown so has the harvest of apples. Many are stored in crates in my garden shed which smells divine, but a large portion of apples are pressed for juice. My brothers built me an apple press from a 20 tonne hydraulic garage press. This video shows the processes from apple to glass. The taste of juice pressed from my own apples is so good, it encapsulates the sunshine of summer.
Autumn in my garden is celebrated with grasses and apples. In this textile collage I have brought them together in an exuberant display of colour and movement. I have hand dyed silks and velvets to create the patterns of red and green and gold on each apple. Fluffy heads of miscanthus flowers explode through the fruit laden boughs.