Bio:

Designer, maker and facilitator with over 20 years experience of professional and community practice. Originally trained in Theatre Design but through my community arts practice, my interest in fibre art grew and a desire to develop personal artwork. Recent graduate in MA Textile Practice from Manchester School of Art. Member of Prism Contemporary Textiles Collective, Society of Embroidered Work, Precious Collective and Society of British Theatre Design.

Artist statement:

Through three-dimensional textiles and photography, I investigate how things change appearance & shape over time, not just eroding or decaying but also new layers of growth, giving interesting juxtapositions of structure and colour. I use old clothes and scrap materials for both economic & ecological sustainability.

Recent sculptural work highlights the issue of plastic pollution and climate change. It invites us to consider the packaging that we use and discard on a daily basis; objects such as drinks bottles that are so lightweight and seem so insignificant that we barely notice them. Casting them in cement to make them heavy and solid, I hope to convey the weight of the issue and the permanence of these disposables. The incorporation of detailed embroidery touches upon the way our waste becomes subsumed into the natural world around us. However, the pretty, colourful lichens and molluscs fail to obliterate the hulking, grey, concrete textures that peer out from beneath them.

How I Make my Work:

My sculptures are formed using a combination of embellishing and embroidery to create coastal inspired textures, blending a variety of recycled fabrics to create subtle variations in tone. I stitch the resulting textiles inside waste plastic that I use to cast true to life pieces with cement, giving a distinct contrast between the manmade structure of the packaging and the soft natural textures.  As I use the litter itself rather than making a mould, even for multiple pieces like School Trip, each one is unique.

training

MA Textiles in Practice, Manchester School of Art, 2016-18 

BA(Hons) Theatre Design, Nottingham Trent University, 1992-95

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, 1991-92

Arts Award Adviser training, Bronze & Silver (2011) + Discover & Explore (2014)

exhibitions

2020

T is for Textiles, invited exhibition curated by John Stokes, Rheged Gallery, Penrith.

The Future is…, selected group exhibition curated by Convenience Gallery at Bloom Building, Birkenhead.

2020 Vision, selected group exhibition curated by Technically Brilliant, Warrington.

Manchester Open 2020, selected group exhibition curated by Bren O’Callaghan, HOME, Manchester.

Depictions of Living, group exhibition of work exploring climate issues curated by Samuel Ivan Roberts and Roshanak (Roshi) Khakban. Art Pavilion, Mile End, London

Staging Places, SBTD exhibition, V&A Museum, London (extended from 2019). Exhibition transferred to National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford.

2019

Waste of Our World, group exhibition of environmental art curated by Rathbone studios & gallery, Birkenhead.

Fragility, group exhibition by PrismContemporary Textiles Collective, Hoxton Arches, London and RBSA, Birmingham.

Bankley Open 2019, selected by Bankley Studios & Gallery, Manchester.

Beached, Art in Windows, 5 Bold Place, Liverpool.

Buy Better, Buy The Kilo, Tynemouth.

Terra & Tide group online exhibition curated by Envision Arts. Winner of Best in Show.

Staging Places, SBTD exhibition, V&A Museum, London

Micro, a group exhibition of pieces under 20 x 20 x20cm curated by AIR Gallery, Altrincham.

Here & Now, a group exhibition of contemporary jewellery curated by Marketplace Studios, Stockport.

2018

Thoughtful Planet 2, group exhibition of environmental art curated by Thought Foundation, Birtley.

Brownfield Research Centre, group exhibition, Airspace Gallery, Stoke.

London Road Project, group exhibition responding to London Road Fire Station, Plant Noma, Manchester.

Thresholds: The Adjacent Possible, group exhibition curated by Not Just Collective, Tapestry, Liverpool.

Time, exhibition of textiles & photography with Simone Frater-Russell, Arc centre, Stockport.

2017

Blowing a Gail, group exhibition curated by Womanstanley, Old Town House, Warrington.

Loss/Inheritance , group exhibition including workshop exploring ageing, Manchester Craft Centre.

WORK:REST:PLAY, group exhibition, Marketplace Studios, Stockport.

Make Anything, Manchester Makers Collective, Fred Aldous window, Manchester.

Over The Kitchen Table, Mothers Who Make pop-up exhibition, PUSH Festival, HOME, Manchester.

2016-18 

Make collection, Manchester Makers Collective commission, The Study, Manchester Museum.

2016

Colour Pop, Manchester Makers Collective, Royal Exchange Craft Centre, Manchester.

2015

Make/Believe, SBTD exhibition, Nottingham Trent University.

2011

Transformation & Revelation, SBTD exhibition, Welsh College of Speech & Drama, Cardiff.

2007

Collaborators, SBTD exhibition, Nottingham Trent University.

2003

2D>3D, SBTD exhibition, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. (also on education team)

public art

2019

Five Ways to Wellbeing, series of textile banners for Beacon Counselling designed through workshops.

2018

Affirmations, installation for live art piece by Proud & Loud Arts, Manchester Art Gallery plus tour.-

2013

Seasons, relief mural, Lever Gardens sheltered housing scheme, Bolton@Home.

2011

Zany/Calm, Textile banners for session rooms, designed through workshops, 42nd Street, Manchester.

2004

Happy Times, Painted Mural, Miles Platting Library, Groundwork.

Happy 21st, Birthday Cake sculpture, Opening ceremony, Pittenweem Arts Festival.

2002

Christmas Installations, textiles & lanterns, Pyramid Centre, Warrington.

community exhibitions – lead artist/design mentor

2016/17:   Cells, live art pieces exploring disability & stigma, Proud & Loud Arts, Manchester Art Gallery plus tour.

2014:   Water Music project, public art with schools, inspired by Bridgewater Canal, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

2012:   Seasonal Hymns textile art collection, Text into Textile project, Salvation Army church, Bolton South.

2011:   Home, collection of birdhouses by community groups, opening of new 42nd Street building, Manchester.

2008:   Ruth, dolls exploring identity made with women of non-British origin, Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester.

workshops

Workshops for all ages in wide range of visual arts – textile art, banner making, sewing skills, theatre design, prop making, costumes, masks, puppets, carnival arts, sculpture. Companies/projects include Bolton@Home, Bridgewater Hall, Creative Curve, Manchester Council, Salford Council, Teach UK, Groundwork, Rainbow Haven, Alpha Plus, MAP, Creative Partnerships, Manchester PRU, Society British Theatre Designers, Warrington Borough Council, Bolton Lads & Girls Club & various primary & secondary schools.

Design in community theatre & video projects for Proud & Loud, DIY Theatre Company, Contact Young Actors Company, Aqueous Humour, Activ8, M6 Theatre, Burnley Youth Theatre, Box of Frogs, High Peak Arts and TIPP.

References are available upon request.