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Introduction:

I have a diverse practice which embraces land and environmental art, the use of textiles in a fine art context, and the relationship between art, craft and design. My philosophy is one of learning through making which sees me engaged with teaching as a Principal Lecturer on the BA (hons) Artist, Designer: Maker Degree at Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Since 2003 my practice has been primarily site-responsive, concerned with issues related to mans’ relationship to land, nature and place. These issues revolve around boundaries, land use, land ownership and an increasing concern with imposed limitations, and an encroachment on our wild spaces – both the public and geographic and the private and psychological.

Work pivots on material exploration, drawing out a material’s ability to carry metaphor and speak of human experience, and in a positioning of elements to assist an understanding of site and a re-activation of space.

Trained in Fine Art Printmaking at Norwich School of Art and the Royal College of Art I maintain an interest in the language of making, in the multiple and in process.

 

News: 2017

Continuing research into threatened craft industries.

On-going research into land and gardens at Hestercombe, Taunton.

2014 A Million Trees for New York, pop up exhibitions at Grand Central Station and The High Line, New York. TD Bank and Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

2014  AiRx Singapore Botanic Gardens and Inner Temple, London. A British Council and Singapore International Foundation. A collaboration with Architect and Artist Randy Chan.

2013 continued research in making for specific environments.  ’Darning the Land: Sewn‘ for Waddesdon Manor – a planting scheme of wild flowers in a 470m flower bed, together with a design for the carpet bedding, I sought to relate the inside and domestic and feminine aspects of the collection with the wider context of the estate. Click here to read events entry at Waddesdon Manor.

August 2013 saw the opening of ‘Cloth & Memory {2}‘, Salts Mill, Saltaire. Information about the research and work I  undertook for these projects can be found under projects.

2012 Bite-Size – “an exhibition of miniature textiles”, curated by Professor Lesley Millar,  toured from the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, London to Kyoto and Nagoya Japan 2012. This exhibition draws together the Japanese and UK textile artists who have worked with Professor Lesley Millar since ‘Revelation’: textile artists addressing issues in 1996.

Award: HEFCW SIP to develop connections between CMU & Waddesdon Manor.

2011 was marked by three site-responsive commissions which furthered the potential for artwork to make connections between people and place and the language of textiles especially so.

1.      ’Darning the Land: Seam‘, Swadlincote, for re:place

2.      ’Barcode: FB814‘, Meadow Arts ‘rural commissioning programme’

3.      ’Bound, V-57‘, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, USA