I have many years experience working in settings that include adult and higher education; primary and secondary schools; arts and health projects, archives, and in museum and gallery education. I develop, manage and evaluate long-term embedded community projects, exploring connections between traditional craft activities, wellbeing, place and heritage.
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 ongoing Local Colour. Artist residency commissioned by Super Slow Way based at Elmfield Hall, Church, East Lancashire, former home of Frederick Albert Gatty, textile dyeing industrialist who specialised in Turkey red dyeing and printing processes. The site is now the base for a social enterprise, Community Solutions North West. Videos here and here.
2015-2016 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 The Fabric of Bradford funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund 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. Video here.
2013 Crysalis - The Revival of Textiles, Plymouth College of Art. Working with participants from across the European Union exploring traditional dyeing processes and considerations around sustainable production and wellbeing.
2010-2013 Out There Funded by Mind / Big Lottery Fund for Hive this project worked across Bradford and District. 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. Video here.
2006-7 - A Healing Environment - Kings Fund, Humber Mental Health NHS Trust. Working with mental health service users and clinical staff to produce textile work to enhance in-patient psychiatric facilities at two hospitals in Hull and Goole, East Yorkshire.