Born in Yorkshire, brought up in Milton Keynes; home of concrete cows and roundabouts! I studied in Northamptonshire and London, achieving a BA Hons Fine Art Degree and PGCE in Art and Design.
I am a teacher and tutor of art, craft and design to all ages: primary, secondary and adult education throughout North Devon and the South West.
Current position: Arts Education and Course Development Leader at Beaford Arts and freelance tutor, ACL and Arts Award Tutor, Moderator and artist.
It has been said that my practice dances between art, craft and design. Using paper and digital projection to make installations, as well as individual framed compositions I use washi origami paper, books, recycled papers, and develop patterns through drawing, painting, printmaking and Photoshop. Folding origami for months, I build a harmony of colour to use like a palette of paint in the creation of a piece.
Legend states that the person who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted their wish. Sadako Sasaki folded and wrote 'I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world' but sadly her wish to fold one thousand cranes and fight off leukemia failed. The children of Japan continue this tradition as ‘messengers of peace’ and Sasaki's statue can be found in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Whilst I was teaching in Japan I was taught this by my art students and I continue this tradition in my work, donating 10% from the sale of each piece to charities supporting children at times of suffering.
From researching in Japan during my Fine Art degree, to a time when I was able to live and work there, to now, the parallels and traditions of Japanese culture and the balance of tradition with contemporary living have been strong influences.