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Artist Statement

My practice is very varied; I completed a BA(Hons) in Fashion and Textiles at St Martin’s School of Art and worked in the fashion industry for several years in London before relocating to Leicestershire and training as a teacher. I completed a Fine Art MA at Nottingham University in 2007. During my MA,  I used drawing and mixed media to explore ideas about relationships in the post modern world. I am interested in the figure and its link between fashion and fine art. Pattern pieces and stitching for me represent the shapes and contours that describe the body and how relationships are often a series of pieces held together by many fragile threads.

‘Contours’ – Paper, graphite, collage, freehand machine stitching.

Since completing my MA I have continued to work with the figure and have worked collaboratively with a dancer. I have produced Installations, sound pieces and  mixed-media Textiles pieces for an event in Leeds called ‘Yours Frankly”. Over the years I have experimented with a broad range of media and techniques from sewing to ceramics. Through teaching I have learnt to breakdown the traditional barriers between disciplines and developed my love of drawing which is almost always the starting point for my work.

Section of ‘Yours Frankly’ Installation, The Loft, Leeds.

My recent practice has been based on ‘Objects and Artefacts’ and relates to working with The Harborough Museum. During a series of workshops I explored both The Hallaton Treasure and the broad range of exhibits on show at the museum; many of which reflect local craft industries like The Harborough Rubber Factory, The Symingtons Corset Manufacturing and vintage household objects.  This work coincided with the recent economic downfall and the so called ‘Credit Crunch’ both of which have influenced the work. I developed a body of work based on everyday objects, found materials, re-cycling and collage and stitch. I looked at everyday objects and considered “what is an artefact” and “when do everyday objects become artefacts”. I continue as always to use drawing as the underpinning element of my practice and like to explore different ways of drawing using,carbon paper, wire and scissors. Issues to do with culture, the loss of skills and crafts and the overwhelming impact of mass-production also feature in this work.

‘Under-Foot’ – Mixed-media collage and freehand stitching

I work as a lecturer, part time on The De Montfort University Art and Design Foundation course and Game Art Design Degree, maintain my own practice, teach individuals and run workshops in both Art and Textiles.

Memberships

  • The Leicester Society of Artists
  • Northampton Open Studies
  •  Harborough Artist Cluster Group  (Art Windows co-ordinator )

Recent Exhibitions and shows.

  • The Wow Gallery, St Mary’s Rd, Market Harborough. Until end of February 2014
  • Harborough Artist Cluster – Open Studios and Art Windows event.  September 2013
  • Leicester Society of Artists Annual Show, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester. 17th October – 5t h December 2013

Previous Exhibitions, Commissions and Shows.

  • ‘Exotica’ – Midlands Textile Forum Exhibition, The Gallery, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 4th Sept – 30th Sept 2010
  • Northampton Open Studios 3rd – 19th September 2010
  • The Launch Exhibition, Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire. 26th Aug – 2nd Sept 2010
  • Harborough town trail exhibition ‘Art Windows’ 3rd – 19th Sept 2010
  • Quinn’s Art Gallery Open studios exhibition. 31st Aug – 10th Oct 2010
  • Leicester Society of Artists Annual Show, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester. 1st April – 27th May 2010
  • Midlands Textile Forum – Open Exhibition, The Birmingham Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham – Oct 2009
  • Leicester Society of Artists Annual Show, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester. 25th April – 31st May 2009
  • Leicester Society of Artists exhibition ‘Art of Sport’, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester. 6th June – 28th June 09
  • Yours Frankly’ Dance and Visual Arts, distance collaboration research project, Exhibition and Performance,  The Loft, Leeds. Sept 1st 09
  • Harborough Town trail exhibition ‘Art Windows’, 12th to 20th Sept 09
  • Open Studios, Roman way Community centre, Mkt. Harborough 19th/20th Sept 09
  • ‘Common Threads’ Midlands Textile Forum selected exhibition, LSB Depot, Leicester – 17th November – 4th December 2008
  • JGallery Prize nomination and selected exhibition, JGallery, Northampton – 23rd October – 8th November 2008
  • Midlands Textile Forum – Open Exhibition, The Constable Centre, Beauchamp College, Oadby – 2008
  • Northampton Open Studios – 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Roman Way Community Centre – 2008 (Featured Artist)
  • ‘Sign post’ Exhibition, Harborough Artists Cluster, Harborough Theatre – 2008
  • ‘The Launch’ Open exhibition, The Alfred East Museum & Gallery, Kettering –2008
  • Harborough Artists Cluster Open Studios Exhibition, Quinn’s Gallery and Bookshop, Market Harborough – 2008, 2009
  • Solo Exhibition, The Castle Arts Centre, Wellingborough – 2008
  • ‘Best of the Best’ prize nomination and exhibition, JGallery, Northampton – 2007
  • ‘Making – The Future’, Bonnington Art Gallery, Nottingham 2007
  • Sign Post’ exhibition, Harborough Artists Cluster, Harborough Theatre- 2007
  • ‘The Launch’ Open exhibition, The Northampton Art Gallery and Museum – 2007
  • ‘MA Zing’, The Arts Organisation, Nottingham – 2007
  • ‘Feast’ MA exposition, Nottingham Trent University. – 2007
  • ‘Off-Stage’ exhibition, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham. – 2007
  • ‘Focusing the Lens’ selected exhibition, Ethnikcity, The City Gallery, Leicester and The Ocean gallery, Leicester – 2007
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