I adore fabrics - the colours, patterns,
weaves and textures overwhelm and delight my senses. When they are laid out before me I want to start creating things right away.
My grandmother was a traditional Hungarian
costume maker. I must have been only four
years old when she introduced me to sewing,
embroidery, knitting and crocheting. So, my future
interest in creating and designing with textiles was
decided right there and then. Later, combined with
my love for film and art, I knew what my 'passion'
was. I went on to study fashion and textile design to further develop my craft and went on to work on costumes for major films and theatre.
Whether it's a costume I'm making or an art piece, I often like to work many
different materials into it. Creating
shapes and layers and giving my pieces depth and
variety. I let the material in front of me
guide me, rather than the other way round.
Working this way allowes me to build unique
one-off pieces and to use materials in new ways.
My children, without knowing it, inspire and teach
me this approach. I never really know what path things are going to take. It's exciting - Anything is possible!
Handmade baskets - as show in the Designing with Fabric exhibition at the Balmain Watch House Gallery October 2011