I grew up in Norway at a time when sewing and knitting was a common part of life. I learnt to sew at a very early age, sitting in the kitchen and making feeble running stitches along lines my mother had made on a scrap of cloth. I must have been about 5 years old, and my love for textiles was ignited.
I had career as an audio and video designer at NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) before I took an early retirement and now try to spend as much time as possible in my studio.
I live in Tønsberg, Norway, and my garden, the nature around me, the long history of my country are things that inspire me.
I have been dyeing my own fabrics for years, I am fascinated with slow stitching, feeling the link back to my first attempt with running stitches. But I also like the expression machine embroidery gives me.
My life revolves around surface design, machine and hand quilting and embroidery my garden and my grandchildren.
I love to make things. I like knitting in the evenings, and tending my garden. I love to work with fibres, to colour and shape things. I find great inspiration in older Japanese design, the art of Hiroshige and Hokusai being my favourites. I also dabble a bit with bookmaking, binding my own sketchbooks to play in and fill with my research, as well as making textile books.
I hold qualifications both in Patchwork and Quilting, and Machine Embroidery from City and Guilds.