After several years of traveling, I found myself living in the UK where I had the great good fortune to attend Goldsmiths College for 2 years in the Embroidery/Textiles department under the leadership of Audrey Walker. This was an extension of Goldsmith’s Fine Art department with no allowance for work for production, industry or fashion. After completing my Diploma, I started my family and life got busy, complicated even further by several international moves.
In 1994, I started Pavelka Design sewing patterns and contributed wearable art extravaganza pieces to the prestigious Fairfield Fashion Show. Wearable art became my signature for many years. I approached textiles in the same serious manner that I would have approached paint but since my life become more my own again in 2003, I’ve left textiles behind and moved over to paint. These days, I still get the machine out to whip up my own embellished clothes but painting is where I want to be now.