Artist CV

Artist's statement

(b 1963United Kingdom. Lives and works in Margate)

My work is a meeting point between formative creative experiences with textiles in my childhood, and my formal art education in Fine Art / Painting. A personal response to materials; such as cloth paper, ink, thread and yarn provide starting points. Materials resist and yield, and I move back and forth between them. In a sense this mirrors the continuous pull between my ‘natural’ human making impulses, and the limitations of a taught ‘fine art’ knowledge. Existing as both form and content in my work, textiles have always been important because of early experiences of time spent with my grandmother, but also because textile communicates universally in a non-art language that we all can understand, connecting us through touch. There is a tension in the process, where continuous conversations are played out between the oppositions of; cloth and paper, art and craft, 'picture' and pattern, wet and dry, playful and anxious, where I continue to look for a place for my work to exist.

Solo exhibitions

2019 
UYHFH  ‘Use Your Hands For Happiness’. Margate NOW Festival. Margate, Kent. UK  
2016
‘On The Other Hand ‘ Margate Old Town UK  
2008  
REFLECT FORWARD solo show Craft Central  LONDON

Group exhibitions

2018
“Winter Group Show’ Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent 
2016
‘On The Other Hand ‘ Margate 
2014
Mid Century Modern Show: Dulwich, London 
2013
Mid Century Modern Show: Dulwich, London 
2013
TENT London: Truman Brewery London, E1
Contemporary Print Fair: The Sidney Cooper Gallery Canterbury 
2012
Made In Clerkenwell: Craft Central London 
2011
Figure: Cornwall Contemporary Gallery: Penzance 
2010
GNCCF 2010 Manchester 
ORIGIN: The London Craft Fair. Shoreditch 
2009
Effervescence Show. West Dean, Barn Gallery
Winter Showcase. Bilston Craft Space. Wolverhampton 
Made 09. Corn Exchange, Chuch Street, Brighton 
The Birthday Party. Flow Gallery. London 
ORIGIN: The London Craft Fair. Somerset House 
Made To Think. Group show. West Dean Barn Gallery 
Retro Kitsch. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Lincolnshire 
2008
Reflect Forward. Solo show. Craft Central. Clerkenwell, London 
Breath of Fresh Air. Group show. Byard Art, Cambridge 
2007
Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton 
Winter Mixed Show. Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford 
Surf & Turf. Brighton Fringe Festival, Castor & Pollux Modern Artworks, Brighton 
2006
Craft Council  ‘Springboard’ at Origin, Somerset House. London 
2005 
Texprint ’05 Indigo, Paris 
British Design Festival, Sept ‘05
Window display, sustainable interiors collection for Chair-London 
Like Nowhere Else, RCA Graduate Show 
2004 
Inside Out Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art 
Paradise Lost, Forge Mill Needle Museum 
Re-Construction window display, ‘Browns’ South Molton Street, London 

Awards & residencies

2007/08
Reflect Forward Award . Craft Central / Geoffrey Museum London  
2007
‘Made’ Art Prize. Brighton Art Fair 
2005 
Texprint finalist
‘Design For A Responsible Future’ National Grid Transco Award

Press & publications

2019
Elle Decoration Limited Edition Front Cover + featured in article “Weaves for the Wall” written by Katie Treggiden 
2011
Period Homes and Interiors Margate  Feature
Elle Decoration Margate Feature  
Guardian Lifestyle. Top 10 Art Attractions in Margate 
2010
Living Etc News Round Up 
Stella Magazine Margate Feature  
2009
Embroidery Magazine News Feature 
Elle Decoration. Shopping 
Times Magazine Interiors Feature 
Selvedge Magazine Illustrations Issue 27 
2008
Embroidery Magazine. Feature Article 
2005
Design Week. Editors comment 

Collections

2019
Artists Studio Talk. MA students Textiles UCA Rochester

2013
Artists Talk Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Professional Member Workshop. Contemporary Textile Studio, Toronto 
Public Access Workshops Contemporary Textile Studio, Toronto 

2012
Workshop Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate

2010 ongoing  
Short Course tutor. West Dean College.

2009 -2019 
Visiting tutor. UCA Canterbury Fashion&Textiles Foundation
 Visiting tutor/artists talk. BA Textile Surfaces. Staffordshire University, Visiting  tutor/artists talk. BA Textile Surfaces. LDM University

2007-2008 
P/T Fine Art and Mixed Media tutor. Kent Adult Education
 Artists talk. Reflect Forward, Craft Central, London
 Workshops: Make Lounge. Islington
 

Education

2005
MA RCA – Constructed Textiles: Royal College of Art 
1992
PGCE – Secondary Art: Goldsmiths University 
1985
BA Degree, Fine Art – Painting : Ravensbourne College of Art