My work is created with the use of mixed media, and is awash with colour texture and multilayers. I use vintage, found, recycled materials and ephemera to create intricate artefacts, bringing together both the austerity and historical connotations in a contemporary creative way. This gives a piece of work history and memory at its inception. The techniques used in the creation of my work are print, hand painting, appliqué, reverse appliqué, layering, embroidery, manipulation, collage, print and stitch. My work is not limited to any textile medium; I like to use an eclectic mix of materials.
I feel that an extra dimension is created within the fabric by adding multiple layers and stitch. Added to this is the important ingredient of applying my own vocabulary of stitch to strengthen and complete the composition. I find this an interesting way of developing a random unpredictable design into something new and exciting, challenging my knowledge of stitch, process and sharpening my design skills.
I work intuitively and I am interested in the use of screen print, multimedia and embroidery to produce a varied surface. My inspiration is derived from the natural environment, my surroundings and sensitivity towards the quality of individual materials used. This combined with a full understanding of the design process enhances the finished piece.
The journey I am involved in is one of discovery of pattern and colour and its metamorphosis using multi-dimensional layering and surface decoration to enhance texture and tonal range. This creative journey is as exciting as the final outcome.
I have recently decided to work full time as an artist, as well as working on some private commissions. My last work was collaboratively with other artists on the Godiva Awakes project for Imagineer Productions Coventry for the 2012 Olympics.
These events have shown me that if you have belief and determination you can make your dreams come true.
2009 PGC Fine Art with Merit Coventry University
2006 BA (Hons) First Class Surface Decoration Coventry University
2001 BTEC Diploma in Art Design Foundation Studies with Merit
1999 Interior Design Diploma, National Design Academy Rufford
2016 Emb Guild Lutterworth
2015 George Eliot Hospital
2014 Fishbowl gallery
2009 (Transitions) Herbert Art gallery
2009 (In Response) to Coventry University
2008 August Lutterworth church
2007 June New Designers Islington London week one
2006-Jan 2007 Made in Warwickshire- Warwick Museum and Art Gallery
2006 N.A.M.E Stoneleigh
2006 The Gallery Wooton Wauwen
2006 Herbert Art Gallery Coventry
2006 Coventry University Degree show
2001 Permanent exhibition Coventry University
2001 Foundation exhibition Coventry University
2007 Teaching art to the older person with various health problems eg partially ……sighted, handicapped etc
2006 Assisted with an Art project at a special school
2005 Community Art Project Coordinator; this involved organising art activities for children aged 5-16 for CSV North Warwickshire
2005 Exhibition management/ display, FTM London.
2005 Design brief for Topshop London.
2005 Designing costume decoration for the “Pearl Fishers” (Opera) New York.
2012-2013 Private commission
2010-2012 Godiva Awakes Artists taking the lead part of 2012 cultural Olympiad
2009 Private commission
2007-2009 various private commissions
2006 Corporate merchandising for Volvo
2005 PricewaterhouseCoopers, London –Designed and made a pantomime costume touring England and Ireland for charity
2005 Framed screen printed and embellished textile, Private collector Studio assistant
2005 Zandra Rhodes Design House, London. I assisted as part of the design team, printing, hand painting designs, costume making and supervising students, as well as other duties.
2009 Runner up HDTI Design Competition Coventry
2005 Joint winner Volvo UK Design Competition (textile triptych for corporate interior)