Although originally trained in pharmacy, Dawn has a lifelong passion with design and fabrics and this prompted a continuing successful interior and soft furnishing business. This interest in textiles led her to gain City & Guilds part Certificate and Diploma and the newly validated Buckingham & Chilterns University College Dip.H.E.in Stitched Textiles taken at Windsor College. During this time Dawn also gained a teaching certificate which subsequently led to co-teaching the Advanced Textile Workshop at Windsor and City & Guilds Embroidery. Dawn also undertook a silversmithing / jewellery practical BA module and printmaking. Dawn is currently working towards a BA(Hons) in Creative Arts – Textiles.
Dawn currently holds the position of course leader and tutor for the City & Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Stitched Textiles, at East Berkshire College, Windsor, and teaches City & Guilds Machine Embroidery Certificate. Dawn is heading a joint venture with textile artist Amarjeet Nandhra, The Windsor School of Textile Art (WSTA) will be opening its doors September 2011, offering City & Guilds, advanced and beginners workshops. Dawn gives talks, lectures and workshops around the country and abroad. Her first Book, Transparency in Textiles, was published in 2009 by Batsford.
Dawn has many interests but her background in interiors, a passion for fabrics, love of architecture, in particular open structures together with the landscape and personal environment continue to influence her jewellery pieces and textile work. Mixed media pieces are primarily textile in construction, and Dawn also draws upon the use of photography and plastics to convey a sense of depth, with the addition of a light source further hidden imagery are brought into the composition. Reflections, cast shadows, what is held by the viewer, the uncertainty of our own visual interpretations of these also feature in Dawn’s work. She continually explore balance and rhythms and is fascinated by the illusions created by parallax.
Most of Dawn’s work is for use in interior spaces, division of space, not solid, but transitional, new vistas created by each individual as they move around each piece continue to be her goals.