My mum always loved sewing and textiles. She was brought up in Mombasa in a Gujarati family where fabrics and sewing were part of life. She wore beautiful embroidered, printed and woven silk saris and our house in Cambridge was always full of Indian fabrics, cushions and hangings. The colours and textures of those still fascinate me now. In later years she got into contemporary patchwork and quilting, and her kitchen table was always a mass of bits of material, threads and beads. I’m eternally grateful to her for passing on to me this interest and a bit of her talent.

Also….Rothko, Matisse, Ellsworth Kelly – simplicity and colour

1950s fabric designs

Heals and John Lewis – what’s not to like?

Reusing old stuff

And the clichéd bit – my family who amuse themselves arranging the cushions on my bed into strange shapes!

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