I have always sewn and embroidered, originally taught by both of my grandmothers. One was a tailoress and the other a professional embroiderer.
I graduated with a Certificate in Fashion Technology in 1982 from Technical College NSW, and a Certificate in Couturier Fashion Technology in 1983. I later completed a course in Commercial Needlecraft. I specialised in evening and bridalwear, having run a successful business for 10 years.
I migrated to New Zealand in 2001 and became a NZ Citizen in 2020.