Artworks

It`s hard to pin point what has been most influential in my work, so many things have contributed; inspiring tutors, places, materials, exhibitions like, ‘sensations’, artists, countryside; all of it blurs together. I can`t remember a time when I didn`t make, I always loved to use my hands and make. I remember being as young as seven and not being able to let go when drawing and painting, I could never finish anything, it felt too distant, but making was much more instinctive and playful. Making has always been about the materials and exploring them. When I had the confidence to turn away from painting at university and embrace ‘making,’ I started to construct miniature paper environments. I think I was being more true to myself and that was probably a turning point for my practice.

During my MA these environments became room sized installations and I started to experiment with different fabrics and textile techniques. I was always encouraged to keep sketch books by artists and inspiring tutors, which helped to allow me to play and experiment with materials. It somehow felt safe in a sketch book! After my MA at the RCA, I started to make jewellery, because I couldn`t afford a studio I focused on developing jewellery. I always have a sketch book to hand and it`s still about playing, experimenting and using materials in different ways.

I realised both my artwork and jewellery had a strong link through my love of craft. I received a grant from the Arts Council to develop and integrate these two disciplines together. This resulted in ‘The Talking Tower’ exhibition at Turton Tower. Since this exhibition, both practices have continued to influence and inform the other. This has also resulted in me becoming even more interested in developing work that responds to a certain environment or building.

In the last few years laser cutting has become part of my practice, so use laser cutting to create detailed miniature environments or pictures made from walnut, mount board, fabric etc and room sized laser cut environments.

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Artworks blog


Keepsake Installation…


I am beyond excited to finally see the Keepsake Installation finished and installed at the beautiful Broughton Hall Estate…I`m so pleased it actually got to go in a window! The original idea was to hang it from two trees, but this window was perfect! The group, who participated, celebrated in the cosmic garden in the sunshine.

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Keepsake packages….


I have been working on getting all the packages ready for the Keepsake project, commissioned by RuraL Arts North Yorkshire, and I have been having such a lovely time creating (what I like to call), collage doodles. I have been using pin pricks and putting coloured window film behind the holes, so the light shines through…..this will mirror what will happen in the final installation. These are just some of the designs I came up using bits of laser cut paper, tape, pen, different japanese papers and window film… (there are 50 of them!), so I`ll share more of them later. They will appear on the front of the pack, to hopefully inspire and make the packages feel special.

Click on the link to see a video of the light shining through the pin holes

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I am asking community members to create a pin hole design…doing this repetitive activity is so meditative and sooooo good for our well being, because it connects to our right brain, also the results from something so simple are really beautiful.

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Keepsake project….


I am so excited to be involved with the Keepsake project commissioned by Rural Arts. I am one of seven artists that have been commissioned to work across Yorkshire. So it feels REALLY exciting to be working in my local area of Skipton. I am fairly new to the area, so this is my first local project. The idea of the project is to work with the community that have felt most isolated due to COVID 19.

I wanted to expand on my Happiness project and wanted to incorporate their designs into the final piece. There is a lot more detail and the communities` designs to add, butthis is the design I`ve come up with inspired by nature and Yorkshire architecture…..

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I`ll be sharing more soon and writing to the participants to ask them to create their design.