Welcome to 'Life in patches'

LifeInPatches has helped raise over £25,000 for Cancer Research UK – a Massive Thank-you to all those people who have commissioned me to fabricate their house, car, dog or even plane!
Proceeds from now on will go to a new charity I support: Medical Detection Dogs, a charity working with The Open University to develop an easy test to detect cancer in an early stage, and they also do excellent work with diabetes. Please see Medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk for full details.

Vibrant colours are central to most of my work. Colours and patterns play together to depict a familiar image in a new way: see the Architectural Textile or Car section. While these remain instantly recognisable, other images have had a less figurative approach; clashing and contrasting and complementary colours collude in the Abstract section. The Trompe-l’œil works deceive the eye; look again at the images and see whose faces you can recognise in the patchwork portraits! The latest addition is Aircraft and Dogs – quite different but equally fun to make!

I would be delighted to design your house, car, or dog in fabrics; please get in touch via the 'contact me' page, or email Esthervanoostrum@aol.com. In the meantime, enjoy browsing my website!