A little something about me…

I’ve been making ever since I was small! You could always find me happily absorbed in craft projects; quilling, fimo, decoupage… to name a few. I was always experimenting with different materials melting wax to create flowers! ( not sure how safe that was!), marbling with PVA! I can’t imagine a life without creativity !

I still enjoy experimenting with different materials and craft is still at the heart of what I do, but it`s about making the craft my own and I do that through play and experimentation. I now make jewellery, which I treat like wearable works of art, paper art and installations. After studying a mixed media degree in Fine Art in the friendly city of Cardiff, I moved to London to do a two year MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. I began my degree by painting, but soon started creating miniature paper installations and by the time I started my MA I was creating room sized textile installations. I now use a mixture of fabric, paper, wood, perspex, which I laser cut to create my work.

I am passionate about spreading the word about how wonderful creativity is! so I do lots of workshops and projects with different communities from school children to adults suffering with mental health difficulties. I have recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, which I loved!

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Installation in progress….


It`s starting to take shape now! It  has taken a while to work out how best to work on it, but finally I hung it from my studio ceiling and it started to get so much easier to make progress. The window it is going to be hung in front of is massive, so I still have a lot to do! I want there to be elements that look like stained glass too.

It looks like the exhibition planned for June is going to be pushed back to August thanks to a certain virus! I am hoping this extra time will give me the opportunity to push my ideas further!

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Project: Happiness All Saints workshop….


Just before everything got crazy I was lucky enough to deliver a workshop to some lovely creative children at All Saints Primary School near Bolton…


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They were so inspired by Bolton Museums` amazing natural collection…and produced some wonderful designs.We designed a tear drop shape using the collections and then created pin pricks in our designs. A lot of the children found the pin pricking really relaxing…..I must say I do as well.

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It was such a lovely sunny day, so we went outside and lay their designs in a Mandala formation on the grass. They are pictured here at home, as it was a little windy!  We all had a chance to say what we liked about a design.What an amazingly creative and relaxing morning! I can`t wait to see these beautiful designs as part of the laser cut Mandala. Thanks to their amazing teacher for all your support too.

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Project: Happiness…Belmont Primary School workshop…


I had such a lovely day at Belmont primary school last week…whilst it snowed outside amazing creativity happened inside! Thanks to all the lovely staff who helped I was so impressed by the childrens` concentration and creativity.

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We used Bolton Museums` amazing collection of shells and butterflies as inspiration for our designs and look at the designs that were created! WOWEEE!

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All these beautiful designs will make up a community mandala…I can`t wait to see what they all look like once they are laser cut.

Project: Happiness…Pendle Primary Academy workshop…..


A few weeks ago now, as part of Project: Happiness, I went into Pendle Primary Academy to deliver a creative workshop. The children visited the beautiful Bolton Museum to be inspired by the amazing Egyptian collections. We created some beautiful designs, which we then made into origami books.

The children worked so hard to create beautiful intricate designs….not to mention the amazing teachers!

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These amazing designs will be used to create a laser cut community Mandala….I can`t wait to see what they look like!

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Project : Happiness…Butterfly workshop at Bolton Museum….


Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday…..what a lovely time we had at the beautiful Bolton Museum. 

They always do a craft afternoon on a Saturday, so check their website and drop-in for some creativity! 

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There were children as young as two years old concentrating for an hour! to create the most beautiful design.

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All the amazing butterfly designs that were left will be exhibited and used to create a large Mandala, as part of Project: Happiness.

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Even Pocahontas cam along! (aka Ruby!)

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