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In 2013 I had the opportunity to move to Kenya for 2 years with my family.

These were 2 of the best years of my life; safaris, climbing Mount Kenya and mountain biking down it, and 2 half marathons in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy were a few of the highlights.

I met a variety of artists whilst living in this beautiful country and the photo below is of me painting in the grounds of Mount Kenya Safari Club, where a fellow artist was resident.

At this time I had no idea that I would follow my dream of becoming a professional artist within the next couple of years.

My mum was an incredible seamstress. She made all my clothes until I was a young adult. The other girls at school would ask where I got my summer uniform dresses from, as I had all kinds of fashionable designs that weren't available in the usual uniform outlets. "My mum made them" came my reply.

My maternal grandmother was a professional seamstress who made all her grandchildren cuddly toys at Christmas

My paternal grandmother was amazing at embroidery, and I treasure some of her work.

In short, the talent with needle, stitch, and sewing machine, was great in my family. And yet, I didn't learn how to use a sewing machine until I was 49! Once I got started, there was no stopping me. I am so glad that mum got to witness the beginning of my career as a textile artist before she died, and see that I was 'a chip off the old block' after all. The threads that you see in front, and behind, me in this photo are some of the many I inherited from my mums life-time of sewing.

Hi, I am Katy Rundle and here I am with the first piece of textile art that I created in 2016. I had recently learned to use a sewing machine and had made bespoke quilts over the previous months.

My daughters school invited parents to submit art for a fundraising exhibition and I decided to use my new found skills in appliqué and stitch to form a fabric collage composition.

Hazlegrove School is approached via a lane that runs through ancient grazing land, and invariably there are obstinate cattle obstructing the road. This was my inspiration for the piece.

On the day of the exhibition, I was excited and nervous to hear people's reaction to my art. It turned out to be a pivotal point in my life. The piece sold and 4 further commissions for similar pieces followed. My dream to become a full time, professional artist was about to come true!

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