Merope lives inland from the wonderful Northumberland coast on a small farm with her husband, two children, grandchild, two dogs and two cats.
Her creative studio is in one of the outbuildings and it was here that she first started to create boats out of driftwood. The studio is also home to Love to Hold which Merope launched in 2012 as she turned a favourite hobby of “making stuff” into a full-time business.
Whilst experimenting with new product designs to compliment her range of wash bags, lavender bundles and other accessories, Merope began to imagine how Liberty of London fabric would look displayed as artwork on the wall.
Her first driftwood boats were adorned with Liberty Fabric sails. From these very first boats Merope’s work has developed to become more sculptural and distinctive.
Her work is dictated by what she finds combing beaches and rivers across the UK.