My work focuses on storytelling through mixed media. These stories often reflect my Irish heritage particularly the Inishowen peninsula in north west Ireland where I spent my early years. The mountains, seascapes and buildings are portrayed in my creations. Now living in England, I am also inspired by places I visit. I am currently working on some ideas linked to the silk making town of Leek in Staffordshire. I enjoy printmaking, these prints appear in my work alongside dyed fabrics and specifically selected papers. These elements are pieced together using both machine and hand stitching. The stitching brings detail and in doing so embellishes and enhances the work. I particularly enjoy hand stitch as it is slow, allows me to think, reflect and connect to the piece. This thinking time brings more ideas on how to further develop the work or create something new. I want others to look and see how the piece has been constructed, the story it tells and how it may resonate with their own life story.