I was brought up in rural Derbyshire and developed a love of craft at an early age. Both of my grandmothers were skilled needlewomen and adept at what today would be called ‘upcycling’. Life, however, took a very different course. I trained as a scientist and after my Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham, I worked in universities and research institutes in Mexico, The Gambia and Aberystwyth, where I eventually settled.
My interest in textiles continued, but once I had discovered marbling, I quickly became hooked. In 1993, when my daughter was born, I decided to take a career break. This is when I decided to turn a hobby into a business and Jude Riley Marbling was born. Almost twenty two years later, the business has grown and changed and the range of products I produce has gradually evolved.
My current range includes cards, scarves, wall pieces and paper jewellery.
Jude has been marbling on paper and silk for approximately 30 years. Working from home. Doing something she love everyday while working with other artists in a cooperatively run gallery. Making a living as a self employed artist is very challenging at the moment, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.