In my practice I like to work site specific, responding to place and its influences. Generally I work with large sculptural pieces. I encourage interaction with my work either by response or by touch. The idea of threshold interests me; an uncertain place; a point of transition. It is a place where knowledge and doubt, activity and reflection go hand in hand. These thresholds of not knowing our ‘next’ are everywhere in life. It is a place where boundaries dissolve a little and we stand there on the threshold of what we were and of what we are to be.
Norwich-based, my practice focuses mainly on abstraction, revolving around my long-standing role as a Lecturer in Art & Design and my new role as a mother. I exhibit my paintings, sculptural forms and mixed media pieces locally whenever possible and currently have a series of drawings touring museums in China with Priseman Seabrook. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Three-dimensional Design in 1997, specialising in Glass with Woods, Metals and Plastics. In 2010, I completed an MA (Arts in a Social Context), researching public art, site-specific art, land art and environmental art, before gaining my PGCE in 2012.
I’m a self taught metal artist, currently focusing on animal based designs, largely working with steel. Being the terrible drawer that I am, working with wire provides a 3D form that I can feel, mould and change with a finesse I don’t possess with a pencil. I make sculptures as if they’re a snapshot of a scene I’d like to see. Calm, curious and subtly emotive expressions free of fears or even the knowledge of a crueler world. This being said, I hope to create thought provoking pieces in the future, producing awareness for otherwise normal actions.
Much of my work stems from my background in working with plants and aims to highlight the natural patterns and shapes of plants and their individual details. Over several years I have been working on a series of black and white images of trees in the landscape using absence of colour to emphasize the shapes and their impact on their surroundings.
At the other end of the scale I have an ongoing project producing close up colour images of leaves to show the details and patterns within them and the way the colours separate between the vein systems.
My response to the world around me comes through making art so depending on where I am or the situation it can change. I am drawn to the quirky and see character in animate and inanimate things. It is like a storyboard in my head that is constantly being added to and given life.
I am a musician, an occasional photographer, and an organiser of projects that look tocontribute to creative and heritage perspectives in Norfolk and Suffolk. My recent and emerging projects include the ‘Caution to the Wind’ music collective, the Quaker Wood Photography Project (Diss), music in Mellis and Harleston, and local pop-up events under a ‘Rural Underground’ banner. I also have a background in town, heritage and community consultancy. The aim has been to bring local visual arts and other media together with Waveney & Blyth’s lively music scene.
I’m a photographer. I take pictures for a living, but I’m also a writer and teacher with a little over 25 years experience spent immersed in photography in all its forms. I love it here – I could stay here forever, just as long as I’m still taking photographs, writing about them or waffling on to someone else about them.
During my early years with the medium, I was lucky enough to serve apprenticeships on cruise ships in the Caribbean and environmental expeditions in Tanzania as well as travelling around Europe shooting stock for various agencies and stock libraries.
I’ve also spent many years shooting commercial work for a wide range of businesses and organisations, and had my work exhibited in exhibitions from Mexico City to Nova Gorica. Alongside this commercial work, much of my fine art work has been published in magazines and journals and I continue to work with several international agencies including Millenium Images who represent some of my Norfolk landscape work.
More recently, I’ve been expanding my educational activities by working in schools; most recently undertaking workshops with Creative Partnerships and North Walsham Junior School, and the City of Norwich School, running the Coast Watch Photography Group – read more about it here. I also run my own Courses and Workshops for small group or 1-1 tuition, either at my home base or on location. Teaching and tutoring has benefited my own work enormously and I thrive on the feedback and buzz of a lively class of students and seeing ideas and unique insights develop and grow into finished bodies of work.
I am a sculptural textiles installation artist inspired by nature’s spirit and colour. I enjoy the whole process of creating art, from gathering raw materials to the organic evolution of ideas alongside playing with the medium to exhibiting a piece in a site specific location. I mostly work with natural fibres and yarns, hand dying and spinning my own materials to crochet, knit or weave.
‘Life circles’ is a site specific, collaborative textile installation inspired by mandalas and my fascination of intuitive and freestyle expressions of the self. The blossoming uncertainty of an individual’s creativity inspires me, even when we use similar materials, the outcomes are always unique. Like flowers from the same species of plant, they may appear uniform but there are always variations; this is the nature of an organic process. To me these Mandalas represent the interconnections and transience of life, of our internal and external world and how we all come and go on the planet. Like a journey through life, much like the rings in the trunk of a tree or different individual’s lives and the way they cross and ripple into each other, influencing and inspiring each other’s energies. Like the blossoming of small flowers over the surface of a cactus or droplets of water radiating a continuous flow of concentric circles crossing each other’s paths, whilst each life evolves it affects the surface of a local community or oceans further afield.
I am an artist based in the East of England, working in a range of materials including textiles, willow and ceramics.
I have been creating art and craft pieces for as long as I can remember, and have broadened my learning along the way. Learning basket making a few years ago opened up new opportunities to create three dimensional pieces. I have trained with Master Basketmakers in the west country, learning to master traditional techniques and to make willow coffins. Basketmaking is a craft that has been honed over thousands of years; the willow weaving techniques that we use now have been used for generations and links us back to much earlier times. I use these techniques in my work, but incorporate new materials and exploit the sculptural qualities of woven willow. I enjoy juxtaposing the contrasting textures of materials.
Informed by the Suffolk countryside around me, and the Hampshire landscape of my childhood, my work is about my experience of landscape and the feelings evoked.
Daily walks provide material; usually collected and/or recorded in drawings. Studio process and memory play a large part in the paintings, often resulting in a degree of abstraction. I am always searching for a duality of surprise and recognition, hoping to find that ‘something’ I didn’t quite know I was looking for.
Always drawn to the tangled complexities of nature, a specific hedge near my home has been the focus recently for detailed watercolours. I enjoy the close scrutiny of botanical detail that these require. Some of these works take the form of the Leporello. I feel that the unfolding nature of the
book mirrors the pace and rhythm of walking.