Frances studied Fine Art at Birmingham College of Art Design and then became a teacher. She has exhibited her work widely in craft shops and galleries in the Midlands. Before moving to Twyford she ran her own Studio workshop and gallery at Wilbarston in Northamptonshire. She is a founder member of the Twyford Guild of Artists.
Originally specialising in sculpture, her interest in textiles developed from a fascination with form and textural detail. She develops her subjects from her own photographs, sketches and watercolour paintings. Her imagery combines natural textures in landscapes and flower studies with an evocative use of colour and light. Her batiks are worked on fine silk, a fabric which lends an iridescent quality to the work.
Batik derives from a Javanese word meaning point of light. Using a traditional wax resist method, hot wax is applied with a tjanting tool and the fabric is dipped in cold water dye, the processing being repeated many times, dyeing successively darker tones. The natural occurrence of cracking is an inherent feature of batik. In all, the characteristics of the media are controlled in a painterly manner, very different from the flat, decorative fabrics normally associated with batik.