I am an artist using natural and found materials, which I collect on daily walks in the ancient woodland near my home in Derbyshire. I gather the materials that catch my eye such as thorns, bark, seeds, feathers and acorn cups. These materials are often overlooked, trodden on and discarded despite the wealth of colour, pattern and texture they offer. The irregularities, tiny imperfections and random twists and turns make each item unique.
These ‘natural treasures’ are then hand-stitched, tied, woven and intricately assembled into vessels, sculptures and collage in my Derbyshire studio.
I graduated from the University of Derby on the Crafts BA course in 2011, with first class honours and received the University Purchase Award. I now exhibit my work in galleries, craft events and exhibitions and have work available for sale or to order as a commission.
I gain great inspiration from visual culture, museums and collections, regularly spending my days at wonderful places such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Stoneywell NT in Leicestershire; Compton Verney, Warwickshire; Kettles Yard, Cambridge and the British Museum, London.
Derbyshire Open Arts 2022
Sat 28 – Sun 29 May
Creative Melbourne Gallery
Church Street, Melbourne, South Derbyshire
‘A Maze of Hedges’ exhibition
18 April – 10 June 2022
The Manger Gallery
Kings Newton Fields, Melbourne, South Derbyshire DE73 8DD
Lady Bay Arts Trail
Nottingham 14 – 15 May 2022
Crafting from Nature workshop
Wednesday 1 June 10.30 – 4pm
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery
The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AB