I am an explorer and investigator of objects, stories, places, materials and memories. I collect fragments of narratives, textures and feelings and turn them into precious things, bound, wrapped, adorned, stitched and embellished. I am fascinated by material culture, history and the power of objects in human lives and the importance of making and remembering.
I started working with tools in 2012, creating embroideries from my Grandad’s tools and later the tools themselves. My collections of precious objects and embroideries celebrate humble tools and found objects and aim to be heirlooms of the future infused with the past.
My work draws heavily on my first career in museums which I left in 2005 to pursue a full time making practice. I presented my first solo exhibition called Narrative Threads in 2015 and in 2016 I won the Fine Art Quilt Masters prize. I am currently Artist in Residence at Leicester University Department of Genetics and in Staffordshire Record Office.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.