gillian011184 on Sep 29, 2014
If you think it's beautiful online, just wait until you have it in your home! I'm in the process of finding just the right frame to accompany such a lovely piece of art. The seller was also very punctual in getting the piece to us, which I greatly appreciate. A wonderful transaction for a beautiful addition to our home.
Needlework and textile art inspired by fantasy literature, mythology and history.
I first developed a love of history when taking Latin, Ancient Greek and history as subjects in high school, which led me to my first undergraduate degree in Classics at Somerville College, Oxford. While a student, I was fortunate to have access to a wide range of texts, manuscripts and art works that further fostered my appreciation; I also discovered the Oxford Tolkien Society (Taruithorn) and the Oxford Arthurian Society, with whose members I celebrated a shared love of myth and legend. We drank mulled wine dipped from a cauldron, clambered up Bronze Age earthworks to see in the dawn on May Morning, squeezed into Wayland's Smithy in the pre-dawn darkness, sang songs and recited epic poems. It was only a matter of time before these pursuits and interests were to inspire the direction of my creative hobbies.
I have enjoyed embroidery, weaving, quilting, appliqué and beading - among other things - for a few decades, after beginning with cross stitch embroidery when I was six. I now specialise in 'opus anglicanum' embroidery, using historical techniques evident in pieces such as the Bayeux Tapestry and blending these with a range of modern materials that include pure silk, pearls and gold and silver threads. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, The Embroiderer's Guild of America and The Embroiderer's Guild (UK) and am an advocate for the consideration of embroidery as a serious medium for fine art. My embroidered art was first exhibited in England in September 2013.
I emigrated to the USA in 2009, where I now live in Pennsylvania with my husband and daughter in a house that I can only describe as 'an oasis of cheerfully eccentric Britishness'. I also enjoy reading, board-gaming and baking when time permits!
As you can see, I design and stitch original needlework and textile art inspired by fantasy literature, mythology and history, with particular interest in Arthurian legends and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. All original pieces for sale here were designed and made by me, taking anywhere between 200 and 600 hours to complete. Most include pure silk, metallic and metal threads and sometimes even pearls. All designs and images are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced without permission.
I also offer fine art prints (Giclée), which are museum quality reproductions of my work, and digital offset art prints. These prints offer two price points for the best possible rendering of my artwork in two dimensions, but of course cannot reproduce the more interactive effects seen in the originals when light plays over pure silk, gold and silver.
For more information, including details on the Giclée and digital offset printing processes, embroidery style, recommendations for care of your originals or prints in order to prolong their lifespan, plus other FAQs, you are welcome to visit my website at:
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Orders with a billing or shipping address within the state of Pennsylvania will have an additional 6% sales tax applied.
Payment must clear before items can be shipped.
Shipping prices shown are estimates only. Some delivery addresses may incur a higher cost of shipping than advertised; should that happen, I will contact you and give you the option of paying the higher shipping charge or cancelling the purchase.
I do my best to reduce shipping and handling charges as much as possible, only passing actual costs on to my customers. If multiple items are purchased, I will package so as to incur the minimum shipping cost, which will depend on the size and weight of the items. Please note that I cannot be accurate with estimates for multiple items in an order until I know which items have been selected. You will never pay more than the actual cost for packaging and shipping.
Orders will be shipped within two business days of payment clearance and you will be notified at time of shipment, including tracking number if one is available.
Originals and Giclee prints will ship via UPS only. This is slightly more expensive than the United States Postal Service, but your purchase will be fully insured against loss or damage. Prices quoted are for UPS Ground, which takes about 4 days for delivery.
Should a UPS package arrive clearly and substantially damaged, please refuse to accept it and notify me at your earliest convenience. UPS will return it to me and I will send you a replacement.
Digital offset prints will ship with USPS. Prices quoted are for First Class Mail, which takes about 4 days for delivery. If you wish to purchase a digital offset print but would prefer to pay more for guaranteed delivery with UPS, covered by insurance in case of loss or damage, please contact me.
With regret, I no longer ship outside of the United States due to mailing costs and issues with customs, insurance and tracking in the destination country. Please do not ask for an exception to be made.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items shipped with UPS are covered in case of loss or damage during transit. Please refuse to accept any package that is clearly and substantially damaged, then notify me at your earliest convenience. I will refund or replace art prints. Original artworks cannot be replaced, but a full refund will be given.
Art prints shipped with USPS are NOT covered for loss or damage during transit.
Should you decide that you do not like an art print after receiving it, you must notify me within 3 days of receipt. A refund (less shipping charges) will be given once the print has been returned within 28 days, assuming the print is in good, saleable condition. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping.