I have over twelve years experience working in many settings, including adult and higher education; primary and secondary schools; arts and health projects, and in museum and gallery education. I manage and evaluate long-term projects, exploring connections between traditional craft activities, wellbeing, place and heritage.
Selected projects and residencies:
2017-2018 Worn Stories: Material and Memory in Bradford 1880-2015 funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for Hive. Exploring the heritage of textile reuse and repair in Bradford (industrial and domestic), through creative community engagement, archive research and oral history recording. The project will culminate with a symposium and exhibition at the end of 2018.
2016-17 Local Colour. Artist residency for Super Slow Way based at Elmfield Hall, Accrington, the former home of a textile dyeing industrialist who specialised in Turkey Red dyeing and printing processes.
2016 Collection Stories. Artist residency at Gawthorpe Textile Collection.
2015 Sewing Seeds Funded by the Ashley Family Foundation. This community-based textile project used printed textile archive inspiration and local colour produced in a community dye plant garden. Participants worked on a collaborative collection of printed textiles to be used in other community projects.
2012- 2015 I managed a Heritage Lottery funded project for Hive, a community arts organisation based in Bradford. The Fabric of Bradford explored the rich textile dyeing heritage of the city through community based activities, archive-based research and the creation of dye plant gardens.
2013 Working with participants from across the European Union exploring traditional dyeing processes and considerations around sustainable production and wellbeing.
2010-2013 Funded by Mind, this project worked across Bradford. With a focus on wellbeing and better mental health, I co-ordinated projects that created links between local green spaces and creative activity. Several 'seed to fabric' projects were included, with participants starting dye plant plots and experiencing a 'whole process' method of working with natural materials.
A Healing Environment
2006-7 Kings Fund, Humber Mental Health NHS Trust. Working with mental health service users and clinical staff to produce textile work to enhance in-patient facilities.