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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La Dolce Vita collection…


I have begun creating my next collection, (which has been a long time coming; mainly due to the birth of my beautiful daughter!), the original inspiration came from a trip to Rome a few years ago now. I want my new collection to embrace colour, (I`m experimenting with a much bolder palette than I ever have before!). It`s going to made from laser cut faux leather, ribbon, feathers and brass….

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Laser cut experimenting…


I am really excited about creating a large scale laser cut piece made from mount board…Below is a maquette 50 cm by 50 cm, so I can play around with ideas. My  exhibition is in the beautiful Didsbury Parsonage, so I will using similar techniques, but using the building as inspiration. My work will be installed around one of their beautiful windows, so I am planning to play around with different fabrics to use the natural light that floods in…I`ll keep you updated! but for now my doodles! 

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Whitworth Gallery family picnic….


I spent a lovely Saturday facilitating a family picnic day at the Whitworth Art Gallery….yes an indoor picnic complete with blankets and baskets! Families bring their own picnic and create Art as a family- such a lovely idea! The workshop I delivered was inspired by the Beyond Borders exhibition.

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My daughter Ruby loved the picnic idea, preferring to do an umbrella dance rather than than the workshop!

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Three-Dimensional Pictures….


I can`t get enough of layering! These three-dimensional pictures are all about layering! Made from laser cut mount board, japanese paper, brass and cork (to create the height) layered to play with depth and pattern.

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This is made from laser cut mount board and japanese paper…

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This one is made from laser cut mount board and plywood, brass, cork, coloured paper and japanese paper.

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