Current – Lecturer – Contemporary Design Crafts at Hereford College of Arts
Duties include; Critical studies tutor level 4, Studio practice and tutorial advice with Level, 5, Advance Process and Professional Practice modules.
Tutorial advice with all year groups
Current – Self Employed – Designer Maker
2007 – 2015 – Lecturer/ teaching assistant at Hereford College of Arts music department
Responsibilities: oversaw Key skills curriculum & Rock School Curriculum. Keyboard/piano skills, Vocal tuition, studio sessions, Trip management running modules for the Performing arts department as needed.
2010 – 2105 – Nozstock Children’s Area Project manager
Encouraging and supporting people to become workshop facilitators to deliver craft activities to children during a 3-day music festival. In charge of budgets, decor, entertainment, scheduling, on-site managing and liaison with practitioners, parents and children.
2018 – 2012 – Conquest Youth Theatre: Project Management – 11-15 year olds
Advancing confidence and presence with young people at this critical time in their development, directing, casting, costume and set maker, budget and scheduling, whole project management.
2011 – Current – Director at Unorthodox Paradox music festival: Project & Site Management
Running a small alternative music festival. Working with artists to create idyllic environments which aid to further enhance the beauty of music and art. Encouraging the exploration of ideas and soundscapes within exquisite locations. Responsibilities include the development of the program. Infrastructure supervision and construction, publicity and event management during the festival.
Ongoing – Self Employed: Wellbeing & Enabling Workshop provider
Understanding the ways in which craft practice has transformed my wellbeing and self-esteem, encourages me to help others. I work to empower people to formulate and deliver their own workshops, supporting them through the process. I also present my own workshops, predominantly with women to enable them to grow well-being values and pass them on to others via the medium of craftivism.
|2018||Contemporary Design Crafts – First Class (BA) Hons – HCA|
|2009||DTLLS – Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Warwick University|
|Awards & Memberships|
|Embroiders Guild Scholar 2019/2020
Embroiderers Guild Graduate Choice 2018
|Member of S.E.W Society of Embroiderers (admittance by appointment & selection only)|
|2019||H-Art Exhibition st Martins Church Hereford|
|2019||Knitting & stitch textile gallery 3d Embroidery installation- Harrogate.|
|2019||Knitting & stitch textile gallery 3d Embroidery installation Alexandra Palace|
|2018/19||United Declaration of Human Rights Quilt/Australian Tour|
|2018||Knitting & Stitch, textile gallery Alexandra Palace|
|2018||Made by Hand, Cardiff Town Hall, Interactive exhibition and demonstration|
|2018||Knitting & Stitch Exhibition, Textile gallery- Interactive exhibition and demonstration Harrogate|
|2018||IN: SITE Craftspace; Occupation of Birmingham Cathedral Grounds|
|2018||Synthesis: Degree show|
|2017||Out of Nature sculpture exhibition, Newport House, Herefordshire|
|2017||Nasty Women Exhibition, Stour Space Hackney Wick, London|
|2017||Hay Festival, Interactive work|
|2017||Fresh Air Sculpture Exhibition, Quenington|
|2017||Mapping Inspiration, Hereford Cathedral|
· 3D Construction skills in fabric I work predominantly in fibre art, free-motion sewing (sketching with a sewing machine) it is a medium which quickly expresses ideas.
· Desktop publishing, Adobe systems, Microsoft Office applications
· Drawing/Design development/surface design via Photoshop
· People skills, ability to communicate and connect people
· Fabric Printing process (sublimation)
|Profile: Contemporary Craft Designer Maker – Educator – Facilitator – Musician – Critical Thinker
|I have gradually realised a progression from activist to craft activist. By becoming a ‘maker of things,’ I am able to question, provoke and engage the public to be part of unique and active dialogue. I have seen first-hand how my practice enables educates and inspires action. Continuing to develop this public engagement through talks and workshops acts as a form of ethnographic research, from which further works continually appear.
Living in an alternative community for many years has given me a great foundation and perspective from which to engage with social issues, in particular, those pertaining to the roles and lives of women. Learning & teaching has enabled me to find the joy of encouraging others. I am drawn to helping those that feel they have no voice; the disempowered. In my practice, I engage a ‘tongue in cheek,’ approach which aids public interaction and engagement through humour.
During the second year of my degree, I created a virtual reality map titled ‘Terra Nullius’ in response to the Mappa Mundi. This involved creating craft pieces and then scanning them and inputting the data into a virtual reality map, which then could be interacted with via a viva headset. I was fascinated by being able to play with scale and built castles from thread and picture canvas which we turned into to two hundred foot building. For me, the element of interaction with collaboration and the piece is critical. I want people to be able to touch explore or even become part of the work, in that way it embodies something more than a static piece, this fuels me to find new and interesting ways to coax people to engage. Interaction Is an ever-evolving aspect of my work this desire to pushing the boundaries of craft excites me. Moving forward I am creating more installations with my work and being Invited to pitch for larger more high profile environments, so Watch this space.