I graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2012 with a BA in Fine Art specialising in sculpture and in 2016 was awarded an MA in Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham
Influenced by land artists, Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy, my art is based in the landscape, focusing on ephemeral pieces and using photography to capture the moment.
Inspired by the colours and textures found in nature; rocks, tree-bark, lichen, I make felt using natural materials sourced in the landscape. Felt is raw, earthy, one of the earliest man-made materials and my work attempts to recapture this ancient process. Felt represents healing, a second skin, offering protection and comfort.
I draw upon my climbing/mountaineering interests to explore the risk/safety aspects of felt in the landscape. Opposing forces of gravity, tension, balance, edge, risk and safety are suggested by the use of contrasting elements hard/soft; rough/smooth; heavy/light; robust/fragile; natural/man-made.
Colour is important, particularly red, bright, striking, representing energy. Red enhances the muted, rugged landscape that I explore, bringing energy into a visual form.
I work directly with the materials, not planning beforehand, but responding as the work develops - material led rather than process driven.
"I always start with the material and see where it takes me."