So I went to UWE and did the MA in Multi-dsciplinary Printmaking, MA @ UWE Bristol in 2003/5. I did it part time so I could extend the length of time that I had access to all that equipment! Also meant I could continue to work, I was so excited to be there and have this amazing opportunity and second chance to do something with my life.
On the course I was encouraged to experiment. I was playing with printing textiles. I was working with a sort of cyanotype process and tying and heating polyester to retain pleats and shapes as well as . I was working with an already made up shirt. Some how the button came out really well. So I started to experiment and did hundreds of tests. I also spent some time in Swansea University talking to experts about the different qualities of materials. Eventually I could get consistent results. I started experimenting with every kind of leave I could find. I was fascinated with the clarity and the surface relief that I could achieve. I finished my MA and achieved a distinction. At first I made larger pieces bowls and trays. ( Some of which were commission by Rieko Sudo for the Nuno company in Japan. After a studying at the V & A I felt it was perfect for jewellery. (The V & A were one of my first customers!) It was all very exciting.
Since then I have continued to perfect the process and push it to achieve more and more complex designs. I can now work with plants in ways I did not think possible when I started. I love pushing the process to see what else I can achieve. I am the sort of person who is always wanting to try something new and to push the process I am working with as far as I can.
So it is Never too late . Follow your dreams..... go for it!