Future heirlooms from Blackburn in Lancashire
I graduated with a degree in surface pattern in 1992, and have been self employed as an artist for most of the time since then.
I have always been a designer /maker -always making things and selling them at craft and art fairs and markets.
In 2014 was lucky enough to have a pop up shop for a month in Blackburn Town centre, as part of the 'Blackburn is Open' initiative.
I was also part of the artist lead collective that ran No:11 Town hall Street in Blackburn town centre between Sept 2014 and September 2015. We were involved in selling our own work and the work of other local artists. This was a great experience, something I learned a lot from.
As well as designing and making things, I have also done community based art work. I was an artist working for SAMs scrapstore for several years and did projects with MIND, the stroke association, Youth Action and the womens centre among others. The projects were based around the service users gaining confinedce within themselves and becoming more socialised.
My personal work is all about pattern whether this is in textiles or painted onto ceramics. I love the action of turning something that was blank into a decorated object, each one unique, each design built up over several firings or several sewing and embroidery techniques.