About

 

My work is inspired by everyday life. By re-interpreting objects by weaving them in paper cord, from the humble teabag to the complete tea set and tray, my pieces are contemplative and playful, but afford these ordinary objects with new qualities and give them a different kind of value, and become the beginning of a new conversation on the nature of the object.

I have been a maker since I was a child, acquiring a range of textile skills as needed, these included knitting, sewing and tapestry, in order to create ever more complex pieces from a range of materials. Through a mastery of traditional techniques combined with a contemporary practice as a maker, my work has a timeless quality whilst being very much of its time.  As a mature student I took a degree in Constructed Textiles followed by courses in basket-making allowing me to create my signature 3-dimensional objects.

TRAINING
2009 – PTLLS Course, City Literary Institute, London
2001 2-year Creative Basketry Course, City Literary Institute,
London
1999 BA(Hons) Constructed Textiles, Middlesex University
1996 Diploma in Decorative Art, Camberwell School of Art

EXHIBITIONS & CRAFT FAIRS

MADE London – October 2015
Basketmakers Association Riverhouse Exhibition, Walton on Thames – March-April 2015
MADE London – October 2014
Interior Details – Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire – Feb 2014
MADE London – October 2013
Utility – Craft in the Bay, Cardiff – Jan-March 2013
Selvedge Winter Fair – November 2012
MADE London – October 2012
Yorkshire Sculpture Park – September/October 2011
Threads, Unit 12 – August/October 2011
Made in Clerkenwell – May 2011
Stroud International Textiles – April/May 2011
Selvedge Christmas Fair, London – Dec 2010
Lambeth Open House – Oct 2010
Origin, London – Sept 2010
CityLit Black Artists Month – Oct 2009
Wandsworth Open House – Oct 2009
Brighton Open House – May 2009
Kingsgate Christmas Sale, NW6 – 2007
Frome Festival, Cafe La Strada – 2007
Christmas Gift Fayre, YWCA, W1 – 2006
Oggle Art, Design & Craft Fair, N16 – 2006
Basketry Exhibition, Girona, Catalonia – 2006
Kingsgate Christmas Show, NW6 – 2005
British Crafts, Chiswick Town Hall – 2005
Nature’s Bounty, Wiltshire – 2004
Nature’s Bounty, Wiltshire – 2003
Hatfield Living Crafts – 2003
New Basketry, Courtyard Arts, Hertford – 2002
Hatfield Living Crafts – 2002
Craftsman Materials Show, Basket Making Demonstration – 2001
Creative Basketry End of Year Show – 2001
Women’s Guild Tapestry Demonstration – 2000
Paper II, Stroud House Gallery – 2000
New Designers – 1999

TEACHING

Telephone Wire “Imbenge” Course at The Horniman Museum – November 2010
Telephone Wire “Imbenge” Course at CityLit Institute, London – May-June 2009/June-July 2010 – June 2012
Basketry Workshops in Association with Kingsgate Workshops Trust – March 2009
Teaching Basketry as part of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at Notre Dame School – 2006 – 2014
Teaching Assistant on City Lit, Creative Basketry Course – 2006

OTHER WORK

Commission to weave fruit picking backpack for MA Student at Royal College – May 2009
Commission to weave a crinoline underskirt for a school project “Design and Gerontology” produced by Actiondog – 2008
Worked with Top Shop to produce accessories for their ‘Unique’ Catwalk Show – 2007
Commission to weave cane accessories for fashion student – 2006
Commission to make two baskets for “The Golden Age”, Virginia Films Limited – 2006
Commission to customise Honda Zoomer for Wieden+Kennedy – 2005
Commission to design and weave cane lobster accessories for Designer Katarzyna Szczotarska- 2004
Commission to weave cane skirt for fashion student – 2003
Assisted Basketmaker Polly Pollock weaving willow screens for a nursery school – 2003
Assisted Basketmaker Polly Pollock weaving willow screens for a primary school – 2002

PUBLICATIONS
ES Magazine – 11 October 2012
AD (Architectural Digest) – July/August 2011
Schoner Wohnen – July 2011
World of Interiors – March 2011
House & Garden – Feb 2010
Spaces Magazine – 2007
Evening Standard – 2005

 

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