A woman who started sewing as a distraction when her husband became ill has produced more than 40 unique hand-stitch works of art that will now be sold off for charity.

Jennifer Bunclark, of St Ives, uses a mixture of embroidery, quilting and appliqué work to reproduce famous works of art that will now form an exhibition at the Brampton Framing gallery, until the end of August. All the pieces are available to purchase and the proceeds will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Jennifer started sewing when her husband, Dr Peter Bunclark, an astronomer, developed Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and sadly passed away eight years ago.

Jennifer started making quilts to begin with and then decided she would like to start with a blank piece of fabric and copy pieces of art work by classic artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso.

"I am very found of Van Gogh and thought it would be a bit of fun to try to do something different with ribbon an pieces of paper," she said.

"It keeps me busy and raising money for the charity is so worthwhile."

MND is a rapidly progressive and fatal disease, which can affect adults at any time, attacking the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves eventually.

Denise Davies, head of community fund-raising at the MND Association, said: "Without the amazing support of people like Jennifer Bunclark and Brampton Framing, the MND Association simply would not be able to provide it's vital support services and fund research to find a cure. Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease."

INFO: Jennifer's artwork will be available to purchase from Brampton Framing at 65 High Street, which is open from Monday till Saturday from 9am till 5pm.