Using both ceramics and textiles I make large installation pieces, 2D relief work as well as a range of jewellery and small scale sculpture. By recycling fabrics and examining everyday objects I create organic looking pieces that contain remnants of the man made. Showing the age of the materials and by combining them with porcelain and silks I alter the way they are perceived. My work shows a collection of techniques including embroidery, shibori, scorching, stitching, braiding, dyeing, applique, construction, casting, throwing and hand building. This range allows me to add a variety of layers when combining steel, fabric and clay as well as offering instant variety in scale, texture and shape. My work explores process, tradition, change and influences. More recently I have been interested in the idea of repetition, regeneration, destruction and reconstruction.
CV & Education
Employment: Head of Expressive Arts, Workington Academy. 11 years.
Qualifications and training: 2016 PGCE Secondary, University of Northampton; 2013 Masters in Teaching and Learning; Cumbria University; 2013 Masters in Teaching and Learning; 2009 Graduate Teacher Training, GTP, Northumbria Uni; 2007 MA Contemporary Applied Arts, Cumbria Institute of The Arts, Carlisle; 2006 PGCE post 16 course Carlisle College; 2004 1st Hon Contemporary Applied Arts, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle.
Competitions: 2012 - 2011 Young artist of the Year; 3rd Prize, Premio Valcellina Award, Maniago, Italy
Awards: Golden Apple Award for Innovation in the Arts 2012; We love Pots, workshops, National Lottery Fund (Awards for All) August 2008
Publications: Craft & Design magazine Issue 214 (March/April 2011) (ISSN 2044-3234).Textile Fibre Forum magazine Issue 1, No.101 2011Ceramic Review Nov/Dec 2004