I am a full time tapestry weaver and from March to June 2014 I was Artist in Residence for the National Trust, based at East Riddlesden Hall, working on a project inspired by the house, Maides Coign. I am also a handloom weaver working on an old wooden four-shaft counterbalance floorloom. I enjoy the technical demands of weaving as well as the creative process, and as an archaeologist I am fascinated by its legacy. I am heavily influenced by the muted colours and strong textures of the Yorkshire landscape, its industrial heritage, archaeological and historical textiles, and the work of the early twentieth-century weavers who pioneered the resurgence of handloom weaving. I use natural fibres, mostly wool and silks. I’m a Features Writer for UK Handmade magazine, and the Weaving Features Editor for the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I am a member of the British Tapestry Group and I’m one of a team of administrators for Craft Soup, a large and lively Facebook group that aims to connect and support Yorkshire based designer/makers. I am also a hand-spinner and dyer and am committed to the promotion and preservation of traditional textile crafts. I am a trustee of the Heritage Crafts Association and edit their monthly newsletter.