My work has developed from my interest in the symbolic and cultural meaning of consumer culture and contemporary anxieties.The interpretation of these themes has been explored using articles of clothing and accessories.
During 2010 through a residency in the print room of The University of Central Lancashire I was able to develop a body of work using silk screen techniques.This work was concerned with the rise in cosmetic surgery procedures for younger and younger women.There are powerful cultural forces persuading women to buy into the impossible beauty myth.Our society is consumed with visual images of external female perfection.It would seem that women from early childhood can be socialized into gender stereotypes for social approval.I took imagery from one glossy fashion magazine and printed onto a variety of surfaces then layered and stitched pieces together to present a subversive version of beauty
Although I have found the exploration of the expressive qualities of print by Norma Starszakownas to be intriguing I tend to look for inspiration to female fine artists who use materials.The uncompromising textile pieces by Louise Bourgeois and her advice that pieces should liberate themselves from the decorative.Also the ambiguity and unsettling nature of the unusual objects made by Cathy de Monchaux give me my references
I originally studied 3D Design(Ceramics) at the Surrey Institute in Farnham and then went to Manchester to study for a PGCE. I went straight into a teaching career after travelling widely in Africa.I wanted to have more control over the results of my work and felt restricted working within a ceramic tradition.I was interested in using different materials and began to use recycled paper to create similar surfaces to my work in clay based on an organized equivalent of organic form and moved towards textile and collage techniques
During a recent residency in the print room of the University of Central Lancashire I have become increasingly involved with using silk screen printing techniques. I have worked on commissions for corporate clients, have written articles and books on the techniques of paper making and appeared on television to present the technique. I am a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and have exhibited widely with them. I was one of eight members whose work was selected to represent the group at Collect at the V&A,I have worked as a creative practitioner at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and was commissioned by the gallery to make textile pieces for the Tactile Collection
CV & Education
Solo exhibitions 2008 - In the Window, Bluecoat Design Centre, Liverpool 2006 - Vanity Affair (An experimental exhibition of fashion & textiles), Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Group exhibitions 2014 British Textile Art ,Koyo Gallery,Showa Women's University,Tokyo Japan 2012 - Interventions, Platt Hall Gallery of Costume, Manchester 2011 - 62 Group, Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham 2010 - Bending the Line, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk,Holland 2010 - Four, PRI gallery University of Central Lancashire, Preston 2009 - Art of the Stitch, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest,Hungary 2008 - Art of the Stitch, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham 2008 - Art of the Stitch, Deutches Textilmuseum, Krefeld,Germany 2007 - Collect; the international art fair for contemporary objects, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2005 - Encounters, Museum of Zoology, Cambridge 2005 - Pulp Fantasy (New works in paper), 20-21Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 2004 - Of Material Concern, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2002 - Red, Bury St Edmonds Art Gallery, Beverley Art Gallery, Lisburn Museum, Upfront Gallery, Midlands Art Centre 2002 - Textiles in Context, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2001 - Collective Response, Bankfield Museum, Halifax 2000 - Out of the Garden, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead 2000 - Textile for the 21st Century, McManus Galleries, Dundee 1999 - On and Off the Wall, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Edinburgh City Arts Centre 1997 - Art for Offices, London 1996 - The London Art Consultancy, The Gallery, Chelsea, London 1995 - Bury Municipal Art Gallery 1994 - 62 Group, Royal Conrnwall Museum, Truro 1993 - Material Wealth, Bankfield Mansion, Halifax 1993 - Pulp and Circumstance, London Contemporary Art, Chelsea, London