I usually work with paper, constructing sculptural pieces from it, printing on it or make books from it. Books and magazines feature heavily in my work but I also recycle other discarded materials to form installations, bringing a new life and meaning to them.
My artwork is based on repetition and is inspired by pattern and shape found in nature. I feel compelled to work in multiples, which I use to mimic life, growth and regeneration. The processes involved in making my work are as important if not more important sometimes than the finished product.
I focus most of my attention on environmental issues and use my art practice as a platform to reflect my concerns of our consumption and environmental responsibility. I often recycle discarded materials to produce a response.
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I graduated from Wirral Metropolitan College with a first class BA honours degree in fine art in 2009 and I continued to develop my practice at the same institute on the fellowship program for a further year. Since then I've been working independently between my home studio and my space at Alternator studios in The Old Bakery, Birkenhead. I exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally. Within my art practice I work on community based projects & run workshops. If you would like to ask any questions please refer to the contact page.
My work can be seen in New York for the exhibition 'Our Anthropocene: Eco Crises' exhibition inThe Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 which will be showing until the end of this month.
My work was featured last month on News 12 New Jersey. John Bathke takes a look at the Book Art: A Novel Idea exhibition at the Morris Museum in Morristown. newjersey.news12.com
I am starting a new project as Artist in Residence at Prenton High School for Girls which will involve producing a large installation of work created with the community in the lead up to the centenary of the end of World War 1. I will be trying out the workshop in The launch of the Wilfred Owen Commemoration on 17th March in the Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead between 2-4pm. Check out my blog for more information.
My new paper Spring themed woodland window installation can be seen until the end of the month at the Bluecoat Display Centre.
Alongside this I will be running an altered book workshop I have designed based on my work in the window at Cass Arts, Liverpool.
Fungi covered Altered Book Tree Trunks
Saturday 24th March from 1 - 5pm
Cass Art's Liverpool store, 18 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT
£25 per person including materials
Recycle an unwanted paperback book during this altered book workshop. We will be transforming paperback books into tree trunk sculptures covered in different types of fungi, which will be constructed from the leftover book pages and cass art papers through a series of cutting and paper manipulation techniques and will be enhanced with the use of other cass art products. Participants are invited to bring an old paperback book to recycle but books will be provided & available to use.
This workshop is limited to 10 participants so booking is essential.
Please note this event is open to adults and children over the age of 14.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or call to pay over the phone on 0151 709 4014.
Supported by The Granada Foundation and Cass Art