Bailey has City & Guilds Embroidery Part 1, City & Guilds Creative Textiles Part 2 and a Diploma in Stitched Textiles from East Berkshire College, Windsor. She also holds a Diploma in Weaving, Spinning & Dyeing from Bradford College of Art & Technology.
Bailey has been making felt for 20 years, having been a weaver before that. Inspiration comes from shapes, surfaces & textures found in the landscape around the country.
In 2004, Bailey exhibited a large felt hanging at the Eden Project, Cornwall, along with other members of South West Textile Group.
Recent work as been based on the ‘Poet’s Path’, walks taken by the ‘Dymock Poets’ a group of writers who came to live around the nearby village of Dymock in the months just before World War 1 in 1914. The countryside in the area is still very rural, beautiful and unspoilt. The hand made felt from local wool is dyed and pieced, then stitched together to make several hangings on this theme. Paper art collages of the area were shown alongside the felt work.
New work is based on Cornwall, after having a residency there in 2010 and again in 2012, visiting standing stones and other interesting Celtic sites. Walking along the cliff path or across a windswept moor is always inspirational. There are plans to do another residency in 2015.
Work is on-going but a few pieces have been exhibited, mainly in London and Gloucestershire. In the future it would be lovely to exhibit somewhere in Cornwall.
Very new work has been based on the lovely allotments in Leonard Stanley. Bailey applied for & got an allotment in 2013 & has grown vegetables and fruit there after clearing weeds. The site is a wildlife paradise, up a quiet lane, a short walk from the church. It’s very quiet, a peaceful heaven after a busy day. Many fellow gardeners grow flowers, as well as fruit and vegetables that makes for wonderful inspiration for textile work.