About Me

nerissaI am a Freelance Designer & Community Artist with 20 years experience of working in professional, community & education settings as a designer, maker & facilitator. I studied Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. Since graduating in 1995, I have been based in Manchester working as a freelance set & costume designer for both theatre & film and as a community artist facilitating projects & workshops in a variety of art forms but specialising in working alongside drama, music or dance workers to bring a visual element to a performance based project or workshop.  I was Head of Design for Manchester Youth Theatre from 1997-2000.  Highlights included the World Premiere of Airwaves, the Manchester Evening News Special Award winning season in 1999 and a M.E.N award nomination for Agamemnon in 1998. I am co Creative Director & Head of Design for physical theatre company, Aqueous Humour, who create devised work using Bouffon, clown and mask.

Designs for theatre & film include shows &  projects for British Youth Film Academy, Arden School of Theatre, Mersey TV,  Proud & Loud, DIY Theatre Company, Paleface Pictures, The Lowry, Activ8, TIPP, Bury Met and many fringe productions in Edinburgh, London & Manchester.

Work as a scenic artist and prop-maker includes shows for the Royal Northern College of Music, Footlights Theatre School, The Lowry, Bolton Octagon, Library Theatre (Manchester) and Swan Theatre (Worcester).

A set of my lino prints are currently on display in Manchester Museum as part of Manchester Craft Mafia’s commissioned exhibition of work inspired by the museum. My set design for Mad Forest was exhibited at the 2D>3D Theatre Design exhibition at the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield in 2002/3 and I was part of the education team doing workshops with visiting school groups. I also featured the SBTD exhibition in Nottingham in 2007 & 2015 & Cardiff in 2011 and the accompanying books.

I have recently started the Textiles in Practice MA at Manchester School of Art looking to explore my obsession with the tones & textures, particularly layers and juxtapositions of structure and colour, using felting, embellishing and freehand embroidery combined with my mask making techniques to create three dimensional textile art. My textile work was exhibited as part of the Colour Pop exhibition at The Royal Exchange in 2016.

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