I find inspiration in many traditional and cultural handicraft practices – particularly, the visual design elements and principles that characterize them. My mixed-media wall hangings explore the combination of the qualities of metal, glass, and fiber, and the decorative art techniques of vitreous enamelling, knitting, and rug hooking. Although these techniques are executed in the traditional method, I aspire to contemporize them through the unexpected juxtaposition of material and application. I take a painterly approach to ornamental design, preferring freehand artistic expression to the more controlled motifs of surface patterning. Using colour and subject matter, I aim to unite the surfaces while creating contrast in the style, scale, and composition of decoration. My practice revolves around the intricacies – both in aesthetic and production – focusing on the visual qualities of the decorative arts I admire.