- Visual Artist | Textile | Installation | Education
- Elsecar Heritage Centre
Currently Artist In Residence Wentworth & Elsecar. Exploring innovative ways of co-creating in communities connecting people and place.
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.
My aim to enhance learning experience through immersive teaching methods.
The Button Tin project provides high quality community art engagement through textile art activities, educational research, installations, commissions and collaborations.
Delivering inspiring, empowering activities driven by promoting, exploring and improving Wellbeing. The Button Tin project works in partnership with 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.
Community History Prize, Women’s History Network
Acknowledged and commended for outstanding quality of community engagement and research at this Septembers conference.
Blog Feature, Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Commended for innovative engagement.
Meet the Maker Feature, Around Town Barnsley & Rotherham
A three page magazine feature discussing my art practice and current community project 20,000 copies are distributed per month.
Speaker – FUSION Teach Meet, Barnsley Cultural Educational Partnership
Innovative Ways of Enhancing Learning Experience
Commended for Outstanding Community Engagement/TDY, Proud of Barnsley Award
Rotherham Ambassador Award, Rotherham Together Partnership
Recognised for exceptional quality of work and delivery.
Guest Speaker International Women’s Day, REMA | GROW | RMBC
Be Bold For Change
Community Angel Award, REMA/RMBC 2016
Outstanding Community Contribution.
Film Making – Gifted, R & A Collaborations
The film was seen internationally with over 30,000 hits.
Artist In Residence The Way Station Installation
Elsecar Heritage Centre Wentworth & Elsecar
Immersive Studio Installation housed in The Earl Fitzwilliams Magnificent Private Railway Station built. Built in 1870 it’s said to have the Royal Standard.
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.
Innovative Makers at the Forefront of Contemporary Design Solo Jewellery Showcase
Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton Leeds
Constructed Textile Jewellery Workshops
Showcase | Garden Shed Solo
The Saltbox Gallery Helmsley York
Introducing New Makers Group
Cupola Contemporary Art Sheffield
New Makers Showcase Group Show
Leeds Craft and Design Gallery Leeds
New Makers Group
Clare White Gallery Barnsley