Award winning artist – Arts & Heritage projects – Textile History – Public Engagement
I have been working as an artist-maker in textiles for 13 years. Prior to setting up my own studio practice, I worked in museums for several years following a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. I now combine my creative practice and with project development and specialise in creating arts projects with partners including heritage and community organisations, universities and galleries.
I grew up with a love of history and a passion for textiles. I bring these two together in my practice as an artist exploring narratives, heritage and material culture. I create exhibitions, installations and commissions often using old cloth and hand stitch with subtle and intriguing hidden stories. I worked in museum learning and curatorial roles before beginning my arts practice in 2005 and aim to continue to bring the two together with creative projects inspired by heritage. I often work in collaboration and partnership and am keen to expand my portfolio with inspiring projects.
I have exhibited widely in the UK and has won awards including the Fine Art Quilt Masters prize 2016 and I have successfully funded 6 major artist projects through Arts Council England applications and other funds.
Recent projects include a centenary quilt for an NHS hospital, a public art project with young people funded by a charitable trust, a residency in Leicester University Genetics Department and a current residency with Staffordshire Record Office and Wolverhampton University.