Penny trained in Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art and has always enjoyed combining different materials together and discovering exciting and creative possibilities for each new piece. Mixed media gives her the freedom to be creative and to experiment with different ways to explore and express her love of nature.
Paint and ink are applied to paper, canvas or wooden panels with big brushes and the paint is moved around quickly with a variety of tools such as sprays, spatulas, rollers, and sticks. Pencil or ink are then used for drawing shapes and forms, followed by adding layers of hand-decorated and printed collage papers, thread, fabric, stitching or interesting text to create colour, pattern, and texture. In the colder winter months Penny makes merino wool felt which she embellishes with machine-embroidery, tweeds, vintage fabrics, buttons and beads, and crafts these into small gifts and pictures.
Penny’s main inspiration comes from being outdoors in the fresh air in her rural surroundings, from big bunches of flowers and the little birds hopping around in her garden and is always amazed by the seasonal colours and changes in nature. All her information and new ideas are recorded in her sketchbooks at home or away.