Born and raised, in a small West Coast town in the South Island of NZ, in a family of eight, including my live-in maternal grandmother. Nana was instrumental in teaching and encouraging the arts of needlecraft and all sorts of other creativity, as well as cooking & gardening – I being the eldest girl, and had to pitch in. Dad was a war veteran and worked as a Fitter in the Railway, always friendly and out-going. Mum was socially and politically active on Boards in the community, local politics, and occasional backbencher in Parliament, through her work. She was also a nurse and after retirement, worked on the Hospital Board. I was the only one interested in pursuing the creative arts in my family.
The dolls on my Facebook Page, reflect my interests, and I have evolved into a self-taught Cloth Doll Artist, Pattern designer and needle sculpting tutor.