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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Preview of the community Mandala…..


This is a sneak preview of the community Mandala… taken from the illustrator design (the programme that it needs to go on to be laser cut), you can`t see all the detail, but the red lines will be engraved and the black lines are to be cut.

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The width of the Mandala will be 2 metres, laser cut from a thin black plastic with a layer of gold underneath, so the engraved parts will be gold.

 

 

 

 

Still working on Installation……….


I have been really enjoying letting the installation evolve, but as usual I have to stop myself from spending too much time on the detail!

It should have been exhibited in June! It will now be exhibited in September, without a private view, but I plan to organise small gatherings instead.

Final middle bit to go in…..

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The middle bit above is in….

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Close up of looking inside….

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Back view…

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More amazing designs to be laser cut as part of the Community Mandala….


It seems a long time ago now…but it was only March (pre-lock down) that I had an amazingly creative morning with All Saints Primary School near Bolton. Last week I managed to get their designs onto the computer, it was a really hot day- thanks Ruby for bringing me presents to motivate me!

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I can really start to visualise what they`re going to look like now…..

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all-saints-5I am very happy to say I have almost got the designing part done! I`ll post a preview of the Mandala in the next couple of days!

Project; Happiness…. converting designs ready to be laser cut…


Like everything else Project; Happiness has had to be delayed….I was booked to deliver a workshop at the wonderful Hive at Moss bank, which had to be cancelled. I am hopeful that we can reschedule it and then there is also the event at Moss bank, which has had to be postponed. Initially the delay in everything gave me a new sense of freedom….the extra time helped me take the pressure; off meaning I started to enjoy the process a lot more.

That initial joy at more freedom has caught up with me the last week or so! I have another deadline, which is starting to feel VERY pressing! I am expecting a baby boy at the end of May- I am really hoping he doesn`t come early! I realise juggling is part of life, I just had a different vision for my second baby! After going back to complete my postgraduate in Psychotherapy four weeks after my daughter was born I imagined some peaceful focused time on just my family without having to think of work……hmmm might have to rethink that!

That said I have really enjoyed putting the designs from the school workshops onto the computer….I am in awe of the creativity of the children from Belmont primary school.Their designs will be laser cut to make up a large  community mandala.

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and some of their original drawings….

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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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