Willow work and Basketry
I grow and use willow to make sculpture and some baskets. The structures can be as small as the palm of your hand or large enough for several people to sit in.
I use the bark of willow to make unique containers that are very light and sturdy.
Some are made as part of community projects where I teach volunteer groups to make site specific structures.
Fair Trade: Material matters, exhibition and collaborative work
I have had solo exhbitions in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and London, UK. Slavonski Brod, Croatia and participated in group exhbuitions in UK, Russia and Croatia
They all link to my interest in Slow Making. Walking and waterways feature in most together with recycled and found materials
Fair Trade: Material Matters is ongoing and was initiated as part of the 2nd Moscow Biennale, 2007
For more information see http://www.fairtradematerialmatters.org/
Story Quilts, community projects
I coordinate Story Quilt projects. These are always cross generational community projects, sharing skills and stories. The materials are recycled blankets, the quilts are used for small performance spaces and telling stories. The Fenland and Ouse Washes Story Quilt completed this year has been supported by The Ouse Washes Landscape Partbership.
Art Science collaboration
I have been working with Ana Lopez Ramirez, a researcher at Cambridge department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. Her research into Alzheimers uses DNA from zebra fish and includes looking at the cells under UV light. the fish cells can recycl and re-form to enable healthy fish. it is hoped that these charachteristics will be tranfserred in treatment of humans.
I have made work that reflects this, using recycled materials and structures, presented in fish tanks and using some materials that reflect UV light.
We have been awarded second prize in the competition and are taking part in Madrid Science week. A discussion session in Telefonica Tower will take place on Thursday 16th November and will be live streamed.
I weave and stitch with natural, growing and recycled materials in a variety of settings. I often make work outside and include walking in the process. I am interested in sense of place, why people feel 'At Home' in a locality and how they make use of this and how connected they are to the non-human inhabitants of the locality. I collaborate with artists, scientists and communities. I balance periods of time spent working with communities to working alone in my studio; each is an essential element of my artwork. This year community work has included being workshop facilitator for the Ely Cathedral Science Festival, and for the Learning Through Landscapes national Polli:Nation project helping schools to design pollinator friendly areas in school grounds and running surveys. I collaborated with researcher Ana Lopez-Ramirez, linked to SRUK Arts and Science initiative, we won second prize and have been part of Madrid Science week