The art of salvage and recreation drives my practice. With basic tools a needle and thread, I create hand stitched Textile Art Works, Accessories and Installations. Exploring marking time and thought with every mark and stitch. The rhythmic, healing and mediative qualities of hand stitching and embroidery and the visible mark of the makers hand is intensely personal. Recording action and environments through repetition is a recurring theme in my Art Works.
I am fascinated and somewhat obsessed with fabric and pattern. Repetition and Difference. The narrative, historical quality in a swatch of fabric, ornament, stain, rip, tear or a single button can tell a thousand stories over.
I use my mass collections of hoarded heirlooms, some my own, most - kindly donated, to create immersive Installations and Art Works that evoke memory and nostalgic feelings. For some joyous feelings, for others intensely emotional. I am driven by moving and shifting participants states when they enter my Installations. Moving them also to create their own Art and tell their own stories through immersive creative workshops in my studios or in other venues.
My intent is to preserve traditions and make physical objects that are often lost, misplaced and fading away.
Since graduating I have invested all my time and energy into creating my work gaining both national and international recognition. I began generating work for display in themed textile Jewellery showcases and exhibitions providing me with extensive and diverse experience in producing work that is high quality.
I am also able to offer comprehensive experience as a Freelance Art Educator. I am available on a freelance basis for workshops, residencies, talks,editorial and demonstrations. I am able to work across the whole educational spectrum in schools, colleges and community centres with people of all ages and abilities. It varies from one project to the next.
The Button Tin project provides high quality community art engagement through textile art activities, educational research, installations, commissions and collaberations.
Delivering inspiring, empowering activities driven by promoting, exploring and improving Wellbeing. The Button Tin project works in partnership with other Community Initiatives, Universities, Colleges, Schools, Galleries and Charities.
Spanning over a hugely diverse background of Cultures, Ages, Abilities, Faiths, LGBT, BME groups, Additional Needs Support, Learning Disabilities and Intergenerational projects.
All aiming to improve the quality if life of its participants and in result motivate creativity and to tackle challenging subject matter head on with the medium of Art and Craft, promoting discussion and social change.
If you are a school, college, university, gallery, community centre, group or other educational venue and you would be interested please contact me.
The Button Tin Installation
Central Kiosk Imperial Buildings Rotherham
Time Based Residency | Installation
Red Gallery London
Jewellery Showcases Solo | Group | Commissions
Millenium Galleries Sheffield
On going collaberations creating Inspired by ranges, showcases and themed exhibitions.
Inspired By Range Solo
The Graves Gallery Sheffield
Jewellery Showcase | New Makers Solo
The Harley Gallery Welbeck Nottingham
Also created various wedding commissions and themed shows.
Introducing New Makers Group
Cupola Contemporary Art Sheffield
Showcase | Garden Shed Solo
The Saltbox Gallery Helmsley York
Innovative Makers at the Forefront of Contemporary Design Solo Jewellery Showcase
Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton Leeds
Constructed Textile Jewellery Workshops
New Makers Group
Clare White Gallery Barnsley
New Makers Showcase Group Show
Leeds Craft and Design Gallery Leeds