Di works with threads and in particular wool.
She creates distinctive and unique tea cosies, each a one-off design. She also designs brooches and is beginning to work with freeform crochet. She believes that tea cosies are environmentally friendly, they remind us of the tradition of having tea from a pot and sitting around with friends or family to enjoy the ritual of a good cup of tea. She enjoys the challenge of each new creation and researches the shape colour and texture of the art she makes.
Di was always encouraged to work in the creative arts, her mother was an excellent embroider and her grandfather a painter.
Di trained as an art and craft teacher, gaining her qualification from Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University). As a teacher she specialised in teaching needlework, weaving, leatherwork and basketry. She believed that it was important for the young people she taught to be challenged creatively and to find their own solutions to the problems they encountered when making their artwork. She uses this philosophy in her own work, often discovering new ways to create the small animals, flowers, nuts and leaves which adorn her tea cosies.
She has exhibited at the Camberwell Rotary Show and twice each year at the Alcove Art Shop exhibition at Box Hill Community Arts Centre.
Di finds that creating art is good for her mind and soul. It allows her to totally absorb herself in the creative act.