As a maker, repairer and curator, I occupy a fluid space between craft, making and design.
I am inspired by narratives of use and disuse to create tactile and desirable objects, underpinned by explorations of materiality, attempting to connect objects to their being as materials-with-form. I use traditional and new techniques for both making and repairing. Handmade in wood, ceramic and textiles and other elements, my contemporary craft objects are designed and produced in limited, collectable batches and as one-off pieces.
My work has been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’.
When curating, I explore similar themes in an expanded field, looking at the processes of making, materials and objects.
Since 2012 I have been researching repair as part of making practice. My AHRC PhD, RepairAbility: Repair-Making as Material and Social Action, defines repair as part of an expanded practice, looking at durability for circularity. Previously I have conducted in depth research into playfulness and slowness through practice.
I am based at Camberwell College of Arts, and Chelsea College of Art with the TED Research group.
Facilitation and Teaching
I am Associate Lecturer on Ma Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, and Visiting Lecturer for BA3D Design (Camberwell), Ma Textiles and BA Hons Textile Design (Chelsea College of Art).
I am an experienced workshop facilitator, running practical workshops exploring making, materials and repairing. For more information please see here
Making Circles, Circular Transitions conference, Chelsea College of Art, 23 – 24th November 2016
Experiencing Change / Changing Experience, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, 27th July – 5th August 2016
…by a thread…, Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley, 19th April – 19th June 2016
Mending Revealed, Bridport Arts Centre, 5th March – 16th April 2016
Re- reanimate, repair, meld and mend, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, 10th October – 14th November 2015
creo collective with Matter of Stuff, The Hospital Club, London Design Festival 2015
The Department of Repair, Camberwell Space Gallery (co-curating and exhibiting), 12th January – 20th February 2015
Knit 1, Mend 1, Keep 1, Change 1, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset, 17th January – 1st March 2015
Textile Toolbox, pop-up 13th November 2014, online at http://textiletoolbox.com/ : travelling exhibition ongoing
creo collective present creo creates at the Design Junction, London Design Festival (co-curated and exhibited) 16th-21st September 2014
Cambridge Sustainability Residency exhibition, Norfolk Street Gallery, Cambridge, April 2014
Process Practice Play, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London, March 2014
Fashioned, London Fashion Week at Crafts Central, London, January 2014
creo collective present Material Matters at Interiors 2104, Birmingham NEC, January 2014
creo collective present Material Times at the London Design Festival (co-curated and exhibited) 17th-22nd September 2013
Camberwell College of Arts MA Show 2013, 4-12th September 2013
The Geometrics : Volume 1 , Exhibition at Kingsgate Gallery, West Hampstead, 19th April – 5th May 2013
DEW Line, Sustainability in Art residency exhibition, 13th-19th May 2013, Cambridge
Getting Making exhibition, co-curating, The Bear at Camberwell, 23rd-25th May 2013
Library Show, We Weave loom, Camberwell College of Arts, London, January 2013
Mended, visibly mended items. The Library, Camberwell, July 2012
Wondersite, Helmet and 2 bracelets, Japanese Embassy, Green Park, London May- June 2012,
Work in Progress, Blue Necklace, Hotel Elephant Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London, April 2012
Library Show, Stitched Wood, Camberwell College of Arts, London, January 2012
Degree Show, Rugs, Chelsea College of Art and Design, June 2010