I am an artist, illustrator and textile designer, living in London and working all over the place.
I grew up in rural north Devon, moving to London to study. I graduated from Chelsea college of Art and Design in 2003 with a BA 1st in Textile Design, specializing in print and have since worked as a print designer and artist in fashion, interiors, film, picture book illustration and theatre. I currently work part time in the costume department at the National Theatre, in the Dye Room; dyeing, print design, screen printing and ageing costumes. My work is a constant flow between print design, textiles, theatre, illustration and drawing. Each feed into one another with drawing at the centre. Drawing is a way of finding shapes and patterns, exploring a sense of place and finding the story.
2013-2015 Artist in Residence at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Text from 'Drawing Dixter' catalogue: It’s exciting to be a part of this cultivated jungle of a garden, a lively community of gardeners, and lovers of the land. Great Dixter is a contemporary British pastoral idyll reminiscent of Samuel Palmer and the artists of the 1930s neo romantic movement. I am exploring this working landscape in all weathers and seasons through drawing and printmaking. I’m drawn to the patterns, rhythms and atmosphere of the place. Every corner is like a stage with a play in progress. I’m endeavoring to capture both the hard work of gardening life and the quiet magic of an empty garden. I’m learning a little bit more about the people and recording not just plants, but a sense of place.
Recent projects this year include: Artist Residency at Borgo Pignano Tuscany, Group show at Lanacre Barn of drawing of the Barle Valley, illustrations for Chelsea in Bloom, Teaching residential courses at West Dean 'Drawing the Garden, Pattern and Place'. Show at West Dean of West Dean drawings and etchings. Textile work- Dallas Opera.