About Me

My work is a protest against the way textiles are consumed in western society. Tired of a world in which clothes are produced and thrown away without thought to the consequences; where the fashion industry and media impose identities on us. My rebellion is to go back to slower processes, embrace tradition, salvage the discarded, fix the broken.

In my weaving and embroidery I explore the potential of the forgotten, overlooked and abandoned. I revel in discovering humble, quiet fabrics like calicos and cottons; the more worn, faded and story-laden the better; and giving them a second chance. I take time to imagine the history of every piece, exploring its hues and tones, examining its tears and frays, weighing up its foibles.

Awards

  • AA2A Artist In Residence 2019-2020 - Bradford School Of Art
  • Crafts Council Hothouse 2016
  • Clothworkers’ Foundation Award 2015 – 2nd prize for a material construction for either fashion or interior products produced by non-conventional processes or technologies
  • Clothworkers’ Foundation Award 2015 – Commendation for a fabric for either fashion or interiors which shows an innovative combination of textile processes
  • Clothworkers’ Foundation Award 2013 – Commendation for either a fashion or interiors product, created by a non conventional means
  • Embroidery sponsorship from Madeira 2012
  • The Holland And Sherry Award 2012 – 1st prize for a woven fabric in any fibre or blend
  • Clothworkers’ Foundation Award 2012 – Commendation for a woven fabric for mens or womenswear including accessories

Qualifications

  • University Of The Arts London Central Saint Martins - Dual City Istanbul & London Print & Weave 2014
  • Bradford School Of Arts & Media BA (Hons) Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles (First class) 2013
  • Bradford School Of Arts & Media British Display Society Technician certificate (Distinction) 1999
  • Bradford School Of Arts & Media Jewellery Through Art And Design (Distinction) 1984

Exhibitions

  • Honesty Is The Best Policy - Trouble At Mill Manchester 5th- 19th Dec 2019
  • The Knit & Stitch Show textile gallery | Harrogate November 28th-1st December 2019
  • The Knit & Stitch Show textile gallery | Alexandra Palace London 10th -13th Oct 2019
  • Crafts Council Hothouse, Great Northern Contemporary Craft 2018
  • East Street Arts Leeds 2018
  • Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre 2018
  • One Year In – New Designers Part 1: 2018
  • Knit and Stitch show textile gallery | Olympia London 2018
  • Knit and Stitch show | Alexandra palace London 2017
  • Selvedge – Pendle Heritage centre 2017
  • Cowslip 2017
  • Secret Garden Party 2017
  • Start Up , Bovey Tracey 2017
  • ‘We need to talk about clothes’ Hardwick Gallery 2017
  • The Bristol Artisan 2017
  • Crafts Council Hothouse, Great Northern Contemporary Craft 2016
  • Crafts Council HotHouse/Design Event 2016
  • Crafts Council Hothouse, Bovey Tracey 2016
  • ‘Taught’ exhibition, Dye House Gallery Bradford 2016
  • Sit Select Showcase 2015
  • Great Northern Contemporary Craft 2015
  • Twisted Thread Feature Stand ‘Made In England’ Festival Of Quilts 2015
  • Selvedge Chelsea 2015
  • Great Northern Contemporary Craft 2014
  • The Art market Installation 2014
  • Selvedge magazines shop window 2014
  • New Designers Business Design Centre London 2013
  • Bradford School Of Arts And Media Degree Show 2013 ‘The Beauty Of Poor Materials’
  • The Knit and Stitch Show 2012
  • The Knit and Stitch Show 2010