With a strong foundation in textiles including a Masters degree in knitted textile design and a PhD developing novel cleaning technologies, I also have over 20 years experience working as a workshop facilitator, delivering creative, historical, textile, craft and food sessions to a variety of audiences including youth groups, schools, adults and family groups. I also work part time as an art tutor for Calderdale Adult Learning.
With a particular specialism in working with hard-to-reach audiences, I design and deliver tailor-made sessions around key outcomes. I have worked with Universities, Colleges, Schools, Councils, Community Groups and Charities achieving a wide variety of key outcomes; from curriculum-based outcomes, well-being outcomes based on the five ways to well-being, generic learning outcomes and tailored historical, creative, textile, craft and food workshops, often aligned to funding objectives. As such, my work is often tailored for specified outcomes taking clients on a journey by planning, managing and delivering sessions as well as post-session reviews and end-of-project reports to further demonstrate the value created by these projects. Please visit my Previous Work page to find out more.
Through the Art 4 All programme, I deliver a variety of either free or bookable creative workshops. The aim of this project is to make art and craft available to as wider audience as possible. I believe that art and craft are truly beneficial for well-being and these workshops hope to reach as broad an audience as possible.
I also design and manufacture ethically-conscious fashion and homeware using up-cycled, reclaimed and reused materials that aim to encourage people to consider added value through reuse before recycling of many household products.
Additionally, I created a blog called Art Night which offers craft and art projects that can be tried at home, hopefully encouraging people (not just children, but everyone) to consider art and craft as part of their everyday life.