Making & CuratingAs a maker, curator and activist, I investigate process, materially exploring narrative patinas - use, emotional engagement and need. I occupy a fluid space between craft and design, making and remaking.Discarded objects are a primary medium for me, providing ground for (re)making and dialogue, collaboration and social engagement using ‘active hope’ (Macy & Johnstone, 2012). I hand-work them into suggestive one-off or small-batch artefacts, drawing techniques from textiles, print and 3D disciplines, along with conservation methods, and inspired by narratives of use and disuse to create tactile and desirable objects. I take a broad and playful approach, considering wearing my works, protesting, exhibiting, curating, facilitating workshops, researching, writing, and giving talks as vital as making itself. My work has been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’.
My artefacts are hybrids of making, auto/biography and process, their forms recrafted and recast as messengers to communicate discourses of repair-making, sustainability and sharing. Through layers of making, thinking and acting, they are my agency made material.
Researching & InvestigatingRepair (once household practice, then chore outmoded by increased consumption) is now in a third wave, known as a political and environmental choice, and increasingly seen as innovative and exciting creative mode. Simultaneously embedding, showing and hiding narrative, repair-making before and after the break – while designing/making and while owning - has been my focus since 2012, aiming to re-story and reconstruct this familiar yet forgotten craft. My practice-based PhD, Repair-Making: RepairAbilities of the 3rd Wave – Craft, Politic, Community, defines repair as part of an expanded making practice.
I am based at Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art (University of the Arts London) with the Centre for Circular Design (formerly TED.My previous research looked at Slowness and Playfulness in Practice. My writing about repair, design activism, slowness and play is here
Facilitation & TeachingI am Associate Lecturer on MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, and Visiting Lecturer for BA3D Design (Camberwell), MA Textiles, BA Hons Textile Design (Chelsea College of Art) and BA Designer Maker (Plymouth University).
I am an experienced workshop facilitator, running practical workshops exploring making, materials and repairing. For more information please see here
Exhibitions:Fashioned from Nature, Victoria and Albert Museum, 21st April 2018 - 19th January 2019Creekside Open 2017 (selected by Jordan Baseman), APT Gallery, Deptford, 4th - 28th May 2017Making 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 2015PLATE (Product Lifetimes And The Environment) Exhibition, Nottingham Trent University, 17-19th June 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 ongoingSpringboard, The Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art, London, November 2014 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 2010Residencies:Cambridge Sustainability Residency 2014 Cambridge Sustainability Residency 2013Tokyo Wondersite 2012
Selected Talks:Sides to Middle (artists talk) Bridport Arts Centre, March 2016Unlearning / Remaking / Disobedience: Actively researching repair (Sculpture Lecture Series) Camberwell College of Arts, June 2016
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