Urban Nature: I am interested in the issues relating to the environment and to the land, I trained in fine art and work in mixed media using found materials, textiles and paper. Stitch, cloth and memory is connected with paint, mark and image, linking the 'reclaimed' and the 'domestic' to the inspiration found within urban and natural spaces. I seek the often overlooked or 'hidden' places; the intimacy of our gardens and home, to the outside spaces, fields and pathways; 'stitch sketching' to capture a moment before it is gone.
Works to commission are best described as 'cloth paintings with stitch' and are usually displayed free-hanging, and without 'borders, smaller pieces can be framed. I have pieces in collections around the world, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Arts Council England, The Embroiderer's Guild UK and the Sir Leonard Cheshire Foundation. The challenge of creating new works for different situations, reflecting a specific locality or interest, presents endless possibilities for the development of my own practice.
I work on collaborative projects and installations with artists, performers and writers. This includes exhibition and educational work in museums and public venues in the UK and abroad. My work processes are reflected in my book 'The Found Object in Textile Art', (published by Batsford/Anova 2010, reprinted 2011). I am currently co-writing my second book , 'Connected Cloth,' with Anne Kelly (publishing date September 2013.)
I have been creating new works for the continued exploration of Urban-Nature and will be exhibiting new pieces over the next two years starting the Beaney Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury late 2013 before moving the work to Europe in 2014. I am also working on my next teaching tour in the USA for Spring 2014.
For current details of my exhibitions, purchase/commission a piece of work, or look at collaborations and workshops please visit my blog or browse through my on-line presence. You can also contact me direct via email.
My Work General introduction to my work.
Magpie of the Mind An on-line journal relating to my work
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