I am an illustrator and textile artist who loves to 'draw' with my sewing machine. Living by the sea still amazes and inspires me, especially some of the iconic aspects of coastal living - island coastguard cottages, beach huts and my favourite view aross St Helens Duver. Fabrics - found, painted, dyed and printed - together with collage and stitch are used to describe walking through the layers, patterns and textures of the landscapes.

My love of the expressive nature of the free machine stitch line has spilled into my life drawings too. I use the varying tensions and lines of the thread to capture the muscle tension and resulting physical stresses and strains endured by our long suffering models.

I am a qualified art teacher and undertake residencies in both primary and secondary schools - developing skills in drawing, responding to themes, and using textiles as an art medium. Residencies culminate in a textile hanging for the school.




Mandy is an illustrator and textile artist living in St Helens, creating mixed media textile images inspired by this lovely island and its sun, sand and sea. She creates her images using beautiful, vibrant, new and recycled fabric, with details 'drawn' using sewing machine and hand stitching. Some of her work incorporates paint, collage, photography and printmaking.


As her family were growing up Mandy studied for a degree in Illustration at UCA in Kent. Following her post graduate training at University of Brighton she taught art and photography at secondary schools on the mainland. During her first stay in St Helens seven years ago Mandy “was totally blown away by this little haven” and moved her life here permanently. “Making my art by the sea - what more could a girl want!”


Drawing is at the heart of all Mandy's work - whether it is the figure in her life drawings, the landscapes from her walks, or the drawings that spring from her memories of time and place. Work in traditional media and printmaking has led to the use of much loved textiles and stitch.


Painting / Drawing / Other Or Mixed / Print Making / Textiles


St Helens


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