Many Ways to Tell A Story – Private View

Here are some pictures of my work that is displayed at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery until May.


There is also a book of my poems to be enjoyed in the Reading Corner along with other work from my fellow Fabula members.

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Exhibition at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

I’m delighted to have work in a new exhibition opening at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery near Brighton tonight, along with fellow members of the Fabula Collective. Our work collectively explores visual story telling in many forms. It’s on until 9th May 2017, more information here

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My contribution includes a collection of 7 poems dolls, pictured below, which extend my exploration of female fairy tale characters and visual investigation of dusters.





Life in 30 minutes

I’m delighted to be speaking at the Life in 30 Minutes mini-conference at UCA Epsom tomorrow, and really looking forward to hearing from the other speakers too. Thank you to Sue Perks for inviting me. More on this event afterwards…

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The event also coincides with my Women & Domesticity duster project currently on display at Sussex Coast College in Hastings. In addition to two exam boards it’s proving to be a busy week!




Pechakucha talk at the De La Warr Pavilion now live

I’m delighted to announce that the talk I gave at the De La Warr Pavilion in March on International Women’s Day  is now online and live on the official Pechakucha website! (It cuts off the last sentence unfortunately, where I made the point that the dusters had become more than a cloth kept under the sink – they had become a voice.)

The opportunity to run a workshop, talk and exhibit at the De La Warr Pavilion was fantastic. The feedback has been so encouraging , the collection has grown in response and is already leading onto other exciting things for this project. More info is available on the blog:, but here are a few highlights in pictures:


Star Book Workshop – Phoenix Gallery

It’s been a very busy few weeks, but last weekend I spent a lovely Saturday morning with Sussex Book Arts Collective running a workshop making Star Books. This is a structure I love to make myself, and one which I’ve had included in an exhibition. My version was made from postcards, flyers, maps etc that I collected during a student trip to Amsterdam. (What better way to use the stash I’d collected!) Following a couple of great eBay wins I had a collection of playing cards and old postcards, which were put to great use along with a selection of coloured card and items brought in by participants.

Here are a selection of the wonderful books from the day:

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Upcoming Workshop and Talk at the De La Warr Pavilion

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to present my Women & Domesticity project during an evening of PechaKucha talks for International Women’s Day on 8th of March at the famous De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. The dusters will be hanging in their usual Pop-Up exhibition style during this event. Tickets are available here:×20-night

Prior to this I’m running a workshop to be held on Saturday 6th February so that we can add more dusters to the growing collection. More details here: 

It’s free to attend this drop in session, I’ll be on hand to help with inspiration, sewing techniques and generally getting people started with stitching a duster. If you’ve already made one, or have one in progress then join us too for some company and a chat.

It would be great to see you at both or either events.


Curious Projects – Thinking & Making Exhibition

I’m delighted to announce that some of my work has been selected from over 80 entries, along with 21 others, to be included in a wonderful little exhibition organised by Alex Valy of Curious Projects in Eastbourne. The exhibition explores the process of making as a means of thinking and creating work, rather than with the goal of a finished piece.

The opening night is this Friday 4th December between 6pm and 8pm and will run for a further two months.

The work I submitted includes 5 little ‘inside out’ books, which were instrumental in my thinking process when exploring relationships between cloth and the home, they ultimately inspired my embroidered dusters.

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And now to Beijing!

I’m part of an illustration and narrative focused called Fabula, and as part of this group my work is currently being exhibited in Beijing, China. The theme of the event is ‘Wake up your life with illustrations!’ More information can be found on the website of Nancy Yang, who is our China based representative and who has kindly put lots of effort into making it happen for all of us.

Here are a few pictures from the launch event (you can see my bright yellow postcard featuring one of my dusters). Unfortunately it’s too far to travel, but I’m there in spirit!

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Exploring Funding

I’m off to a funding workshop at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne today to find out more about funding for Art Projects, which I very much hope will inform a direction for my Women & Domesticity Duster Project . I also have a one-to-one surgery with the Arts Council so fingers crossed!