I draw and paint in my sketch book, making studies from wildlife in Museums, Vivariums, aquariums and wildlife centres. I was lucky enough to make studies from Manchester Museums archive collection, where I could get up close and look at texture, pattern and form. I also love to draw live animals, watching, making notes about their movement and character and trying to capture the creature quickly. I also work from still life, using shellfish and molluscs that I can buy, this means I can spend longer on the colour and texture. I feel these observations feed and inform my textile and puppet work.