My career has spanned the Textile and Print industries, including working as a book and magazine designer. My B.A. is in Textile Design focussing on print, weave and knit. My approach to textiles has extended the scope of my practice by experimenting with conventional and non-conventional materials and processes appropriate to each project. My collection of 2d and 3d work incorporates functional and non-functional pieces including garments, wall-hangings and abstract sculptures; presenting textiles as art as well as artefacts. My current practice reflects research for an M.A. in History of Design, exploring the sensory qualities of textiles.
The research and creative processes of textiles are an ongoing adventure and whilst inspiration constantly presents itself, recurring themes in my work include the sensory qualities of textiles, nature, architecture, historical objects and materials.
Advocating the power of kinaesthetic learning, I teach textiles, art, design and technology within schools and various contexts, aimed at developing public engagement with processes and objects. This aim is also reflected in the voluntary work I do with the public in the V&A Museum and workshops taught at the Royal College of Art, the Kenward Trust in Kent and the V&A.
I am also a member of Carousel Textile Artists. My work has been exhibited in the V&A, the Barbican Library and various venues in London and Kent.
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