Ruth Norbury | Viva! - The Vegan Charity

Ruth Norbury

I have been embroidering since I was a child, starting with kits and slowly moving towards making the work I produce today. I completed one year of a City and Guilds Embroidery course but felt it was stifling the work I wanted to produce. I then moved to Southern Ireland to pursue a career as an embroiderer for four years before moving to Swansea in South Wales and then High Spen in Tyne and Wear. I have been a professional embroiderer for about 10 years now and I live with my husband James, two dogs and six cats.

I am very interested in environmental issues and do not use animal based fibres in my work.

Why I am vegan

I have been a vegan for about 6 years now and had been a vegetarian for much longer. I saw a program one day on the humane killing of a chicken and I thought that I don't want anything to do with this industry, so I started looking at going vegan and there was no going back.

Why I support Viva's Art for Animals project

I found out about veganism through Viva! and groups like them. I think art is a very interesting way of showing people some of the terrible things that happen in our name and it informs a whole new group of people about animal cruelty and veganism.

How to raise money for Viva!

Buy from her gallery direct at and Ruth will donate a very kind 20 per cent of the sale to Viva!


1. Tell Ruth your Viva! membership number; email her

2. Let us know the receipt number, date and total amount of purchase; email

3. Viva! will then receive 20 per cent of the sale price from Ruth

Contact Details:

Ruth Norbury

14 Towneley Terrace

High Spen

Tyne and Wear

NE39 2HJ

T: 01207 545615