Based in Bristol, I have a studio at Spike Island and am a Principle Lecturer at Cardiff School of Art & Design, CMU working on the new Artist Designer: Maker BA (hons) programme as well as on the specialist Textile Art Degree.
My practice is diverse – driven by an interest to explore materials and the latent possibilities in their combinations. I work in a cross disciplinary manner and seek to make connections through my work between people and place.
Trained in Fine Art Printmaking at Norwich School of Art and the Royal College of Art my interest is in the language of making, in the multiple, process and materials. Placement and site are key concerns. Recent works exploring issues of site and the ‘power of place’ or ‘sense in place’ include ‘Bound’, ‘Fallen Star’, ‘Barcode: FB814’, ‘All the Kings Horses…’ & ‘Darning the Land: Seam’ which can be viewed in the works and projects pages.
Recent and Current Projects:
2013 continues research in making for specific environments. I am discussing sites with the National Trust and have been commissioned to make ‘Darning the Land: Sewn‘ for Waddesdon Manor. This will be a planting scheme, together with a design for the carpet bedding, I seek 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 will see the opening of ‘Cloth and Memory 2‘, Salts Mill, Saltaire. Information about the research and work I am undertaking for these projects can be found under projects.
2012 Bite-Size – “an exhibition of miniature textiles”, curated by Professor Lesley Millar, is on tour 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