Textile Artist

Between 1998 and 2001 Sonia developed an interest in textiles alongside her work as a professional musician.

She initially trained in garment production with First Fruit, a social enterprise based in Newham, East London. There her roles included pattern cutting, machine sewing, machine embroidery and finishing. Whilst with First Fruit she helped to develop an accredited training scheme in industrial clothing production and apprenticeship training.

In 1999 Sonia illustrated a series of Newham Readers books written by Kate Routley.

She completed courses in industrial silk screen printing at Newham College and Sericol Ltd in Kent. Between 2003 and 2008 Sonia managed a screen printing project for First Fruit which she developed into a not-for-profit business.

Sonia joined East London Textile Arts (ELTA) in 2009 as a participator in the 'Roman Alphabet' project at St Barnabas Church in Newham. She subsequently set up and ran a community embroidery group at Little Ilford Baptist Church under the auspices of ELTA. This group continues to meet weekly at the church.

Between 2012 and 2013 Sonia advanced her skills and experience by completing the Advanced Textiles Course at Morley College in Southwark.

In 2016 she received a commendation from the Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Award for Inspiration in the Community. The Guild recognised Sonia's achievements in helping towards greater community cohesion through her various embroidery projects. That same year she was elected to membership of the Artworkers Guild.

In 2018 Sonia was Lead Artist in Residence at an event at Tate Modern organised by Counterpoint Arts entitled 'Who Are We?'