Graduating in 1993 from UCE with a degree in Fashion and Textiles, I pursued a career as a community artist for many years. I worked with a diverse range of groups from one year to a hundred years old. During this time I set up many regular art groups in conjunction with Birmingham City Council, local schools and Sure Start Childrens Centres.
I formalised all the knowledge I had gained with gaining a PGCE followed by a Masters in Art, Health and Wellbeing. I realised I was and still am fascinated by human interaction and believe we all have our own story to tell. I have a strong belief too that our stories are all interwoven which I like to think is reflected metaphorically in much of my own artwork.
I have worked on many community projects over the years – a favourite was the ‘Tolkien Boards’ at Hall Green Library. Most recently I worked on a collaborative project with Birmingham City University for the waiting areas in the intensive care unit at the QE Hospital in Birmingham. This involved listening carefully to stories, both happy and sad, of families who had experienced having had relatives in the unit.
I also currently work closely with traumatically bereaved families encouraging them to produce contemplative artwork. Another strand to my work is Penny Jane Designs, an online retailer offering a selection of hand felted luxury homewares and accessories for women.
Member of The International Feltmakers Association
I was lucky enough to be one of the top 100 small businesses featured in the Small Business Saturday government campaign and invited to Downing Street https://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/
Working at mac has enabled me to teach my subject in a more in-depth manner over a longer period of time. It has challenged me to explore my own practice and extend my skills even further with the support of their artistic ethos.
Very useful and helpful in learning a new craft
We had a really enjoyable morning - the activity didn't require us to have any previous skills and will definitely book another day!
I have learnt loads and really love my final piece