I have always loved sewing and designing creatures from plush materials. My love of creating creatures turned to socks 4 years ago when I discovered they were the perfect medium for sewing creatures. It was then that my love for the sock creature began and has never diminished.
My love of socks led to the birth of Treacher Creatures and my Etsy shop over 4 years ago. Since then I have started designing creatures that use re-cycled wool sweaters and fleece. I started crocheting Amigurumi creatures too and found that what I really loved was combining all these materials to create individual one of a kind soft sculptures, all with their own individual personality.
I am a children’s book author and illustrator based near York in North Yorkshire.
Despite doing an HNC in Illustration in Bournemouth nearly 20 years ago I didn’t do anything more with illustration for many years. I did however spend most of my spare time painting,with a particular passion for landscpaes in acrylics. But what I loved more than anything was everything whimsical, so 3 years ago I studied children’s book illustration with the London Art College. To help me write stories to go with my illustrations I also took up a local opportunity to attend a 20 week course in creative writing for children. Both of these were to spark a love of writing stories for children and creating characters who stories I wanted to tell. In the last 3 years I have gone on to write many picture book texts and 4 middle grade fantasy adventure novels.And I haven’t stopped writing and creating characters since.
Whilst I am still seeking publication for my novels and am writing my next novel, this time for adults, I have submerged myself into illustrating, not only for myself but also for commissions. I was commissioned in 2016 to do the cover artwork for a children’s historical nove, Beast on the Broch”, by F.K.Fulton. I have also illustrated a picture book for a friend who is self publishing a series of picture books, Miss Pickle a Dizzy Witch.
I was lucky enough to meet a local publisher and they will publishing my first picture book, Mouse Pirate, for which I am author and illustrator, in September this year.
My love of whimsy doesn’t end there. For the last 7 years I have designing and making creatures from all manner of plush materials and yarn and I am thrilled now to be able to combine all these passions in Mouse Pirate.
I am currently starting work on the sequel to Mouse Pirate and am enjoying the excitement of library book events with both Miss Pickle and Mouse Pirate so that I can bring their stories alive.