I live and work in South Oxfordshire with my family and other animals; cats, collie dog, some hens and 3 colonies of bees. I enjoy being outside and love birds, mountains, camp fires and swimming in cold water. Before becoming a Designer I worked in photography, researching images and organising photo shoots for newspapers and magazines. It sounds creative, but the reality was largely admin and a lot of office politics so I re-trained, studying dressmaking, upholstery and furniture restoration. I also spent time working as a builder’s labourer in France, learning traditional building and decorating techniques. It was there a chance encounter sparked my love of decoupage and I developed the unique skills I use to create my handmade, feature walls. I have been obsessively deconstructing bird books ever since.