What I do

Designfrom blood wedding

The design process involves brain-storming & research, exploring ideas through drawing & in 3D moving into working/scale drawings & models as ideas are narrowed down to assist with problem solving, budgeting & task allocation prior to making the final full scale work. This is true be it a design for theatre, sculpture, installation, large scale banner or mural. As a Theatre Designer, it is my job to create designs to communicate & support the script & performance working closely with the Director & other key creatives. I am also experienced at creating designs for devised pieces and using design as part of the devising process.

Makemasks in progress

I have worked as a scenic artist & prop maker for various professional theatres and have a broad practical skill base and knowledge of a large variety of materials. I design and make costumes & masks in my Manchester studio. Public art commissions include a mural on Miles Platting Library for Groundwork and a Large Birthday Cake sculpture for Pittenweem Arts Festival. Generally my work is for festivals & theatre so ultimately temporary in nature even with a long running theatre piece so I would welcome the chance to create something more permanent. I am used to making sure that my work conforms to strict health & safety guidelines and have public liability insurance. I am also used to sourcing materials and commissioning & overseeing parts of a build outside of my own skill set.

Facilitatedoll workshop

I run visual arts workshops in theatre design, prop making, costumes, masks, puppets, sculpture, banners, textiles, craft and general art & design for all ages. I have facilitated projects & workshops for youth & community groups and in both primary & secondary schools and was part of the education team for the Theatre Design exhibition at Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. I specialize in working alongside other practitioners particularly in performance-based disciplines to bring a visual element to a project. The design for DIY’s show, “Platform 1”, was developed directly from workshop sessions.  I have worked closely as a designer & facilitator for several years with Proud & Loud and DIY Theatre Company whose members have range of special needs. I have public liability insurance and a current enhanced CRB check. I have undertaken both Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser training and Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser training and was an Arts Award mentor on the Full Circle Arts Young Artists Development Programme.

I work with adults as well as young people. One of my favourite projects was “Text into Textiles” in which I worked with writer Cathy Crabb in sheltered housing in Bolton. She created poems with the participants that we used as starting points for creating textile art enabling them to learn a variety of skills. Other recent adult projects include bag making with female asylum seekers for Creative Curve and printing & craft sessions for Manchester Council.