Born in Warwickshire, Daphne wished from childhood to draw and paint, but it was not until she came to West Cornwall that she has been able to fulfill her ambitions.
From 1981 until 2005 she has worked in textiles, teaching and making quilts alongside her husband, the textile and quiltmaker, Pepe TURNER. Their first joint venture was Windmill Patchworks at Launceston, which they established in 1984. There they offered fabrics, ethnic clothing, a vegetarian cafe and a classroom offering instruction in patchwork quilt-making.
In 1989 they moved their business to St Ives and set up Westgate Patchworks near the harbour. Two years later they opened in larger premises offering residential textile courses. Moving out of St Ives to Ludgvan, and continuing their classes, it was not until 2005 that they opened Carvossa Studio Gallery beside their home where they show Daphne's paintings, maintain a set of working studios, and continue to offer classes.
Daphne wasted no time in developing her impulse to paint, and from 1992-3 she completed courses in Art & Design, and Painting One. From 1994-2010 she has been a student of life classes and personal workshops at the St Ives School of Painting. In 2009-10 she received instruction in printmaking from the Handprint Studios, at Trewidden Gardens, Penzance, and is now pursuing a concentrated period of creating prints using texture, colour and atmosphere in such imaginative ways that one of her studios has been turned over to the art.
Meantime she has begun to exhibit her paintings widely, and the couple open their studios annually for Open Studios weekends, and give generously of their time to charities and art shows in a variety of venues, for the community good.
Painter, printmaker, textile artist, teacher
works and access
Hypatia Collection of Women's Art
Carvossa Studio Gallery, Lower Quarter, Ludgvan, Penzance (Weekend openings)
2000: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea & Olympia
2004-5: Falmouth Arts Centre
2005: Rainyday Gallery, Penzance
2005-6: Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
2005-9: Penwith Society of Arts; St Ives Society of Artists
2008-9: Openspace Gallery, Penryn
2006/7/8/9/10: Art Fairs: Battersea, Bristol, Cambridge, Dublin; Open Studios: Cornwall
2009/10 Westcott Gallery, St Ives
2009: Martins Gallery, Cheltenham
Open Studios Cornwall 2011; 2012; 2013; 2016; 2017; 2018
Penwith Society of Arts
Artist's CV: WCAA file
CommonGround leaflet and invitation cards, illustrated, 2010