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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Country drive….

I keep thinking the nice Autumn weather must end soon, but it just keeps going……I`m hoping it holds out for my mini holiday in Edinburgh next weekend….i am so excited i`ve not been since i was very small and there is a new anthropologie store!

Lovely Autumn days….

I feel so inspired after the last couple of weekends spent with friends in the countryside. We finally went for a weekend in Pickering near York for a 1940s weekend (a friends` parents are artists who live there and it has been talked about for quite some time) we stayed in a lodge,which was a cross between a caravan but much more spacious, but it somehow made it feel even more like a holiday! A country walk near Turton Tower and a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has filled me with country goodness……

Lovely Library….

I am so lucky to have moved into my new offices for my Arts for Health work…..so now i`m based in the central library, which has just been restored…..it was always a beautiful building but now the old and new have been married emphasizing  the old features that i hadn`t even  noticed! Here is a little look….