I was born on the Wirral, England where I continue to reside and work. I usually works with paper, often reusing old book and magazines but includes other recycled materials in my work which often reflect concerns of our environmental responsibility.
I received a first class BA honours degree in fine art from Wirral Metropolitan College in 2009 with the final group exhibition showing a body of work that I produced during the third year 'Human Nature' a large paper installation.
I was awarded a fellowship placement at the same institute for the following year. As well as using this time to develop my practice and mentor students I finished the year by showing a large body of work based on trees in the fellowship show at the Williamson Art Gallery, which were exhibited as part of the Liverpool Independents Biennial.
I wrote my first commissioned article in 2010, about my experiences of life a year after graduating, written for the Artists Newsletters degree supplement. That year I also had my first solo show ‘Life in Paper’ showing three years work produced in or on paper and I had work shown at a artist book exhibition at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Centre in New York which was later purchased for their collection.
I had my first artists’ residency in 2011 at Arena Gallery and Studios which finished with a solo show and an artist talk. I have since used residency opportunties to engage the local community in art projects. This started in 2012 when I first worked on a community based project for Wigan Libraries, working with children to re-use books to make trees. The opportunity to become Wigan libraries artist in residence came about during which I continued residing as for four years.
I was also one of the SCIBase artists whose work ‘Building Blocks of life’ was shown in Stockholm Independent Art Fair Supermarket 2012. I have shown more recently with them in Jamestown USA, Leeds and Liverpool.
Also in 2012 an image of 'Unilocular Slope' from the 'Human Nature' installation was shown on a huge screen as part of the Art Takes Times Square billboard event, at Broadway between 43rd Street and 44th Street, New York City, USA.
In the same year I spent a month in as artist in residenceat The 'Comma' community art shop, working
with the community as part of an empty shop project ‘Comma’ and later that year I spent another month working in on residency project at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for the Bluecoat Display Centre.
I exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally and have work in private and public collections worldwide including a piece of work which was purchased in 2013 by a collector for Tate Britain to be held in their Library Artists' Books Collection.
During 2013 I worked on a large commissioned project involving a site specific wall installation for SAICA’s PM11 paper mill at Partington, Manchester, many workshops and an artist talk. This led me to write for an article in The Quarterly, The Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians Edition No. 87 July 2013.
My work has featured in several articles including Printmaking Today and a Spotlight article on Practical Sustainability in the Harvard Business Review magazine in which I was the spotlight artist of the month. Also a photograph of my work 'Back to Your Roots' was used for the cover of 'Thinking Outside the Book' byAugusta Rohrbach.
I was asked to show three of my paper installations in CODA Paper Art 2015 'Can't See the Trees for the Forest', 'Forest: Lungs of the World' and 'Out of Palms Way' which was created especially for the exhibition and was shown on the roof, which although sounds bizzare was a really cool terraced area. To accompany the work I held an Artist's Talk to a select audience during my time in Apeldoorn, speaking about my works in paper and the processes involved.
Prior to travelling to The Netherlands to install the work I was interviewed via Sykpe about the work I was about to show at CODA by Kunstbeeld magazine which showed in the 6th edition of 2015. I was presented with a copy of the magazine at CODA.
I created a spring woodand themed display using recycled books, magazines and newspapers that was shown in the window of the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool and I ran a recycling book workshop with a woodland theme at Cass Arts to accompany it.
I became artist in residnce at Prenton High School for Girls in 2016 working on paper nature projects with years 9 & 10. I showed altered book work in England, New Jersey and Italy during 2017 with the work in New Jersey being featured on a news report with News 12 New Jersey looking at the Book Art: A Novel Idea exhibition at the Morris Museum in Morristown. My work in New Jersey and Italy was on display entering 2018. During 2018 I showed more altered book work this time in New York at the Centre for Book Arts.
As Artist in Residence at Prenton High School for Girls I developed and delivered a special project for 2018 which was displayed until Spring 2019. 'The Fallen Oak Leaf Project' became a huge community in commemorance for the centernary of the end of World War One.
I also developed a poppy worksheet and instruction video that went into Primary Schools and ran workshops for the Wilfred Owen Commemoration leading up to November 11th when the poppies where installed in Hamilton Square Gardens, Borough Road and Market Street.
It started as an educational art project for Wirral Primary Schools but ended up being delivered to alot of the local commmunity through pop up shops, workshops at The Williamson Art Gallery, workshops in sheltered accomodation and at the YMCA. The work was displayed at the Williamson Art Gallery until February 2019 when it moved onto Birkenhead Central Library for a few months.
In December my altered book work was shown in an exhibition from the permanent collection of The WAH Center in New York. I went on to develop a new project at Prenton High School for Girls as their resident artist, this was a recyling project making World Maps which was delivered to Wirral Primary Schools. In 2019 I also showed new work in 'Go Eco' at The Bluecoat Display Centre and I ran a workshop at the Bluecoat to accompany the exhibition. The same work was shown in 'Crafted' at The Kirby Gallery in December going into the new year. I have been teaching since Septmeber so have been kept very busy, but there has still been time to develop some new environmental work which I will be showing later this year!
Update: Due to our current situation I am still posting out purchased work but there might be a slight delay.