I have worked in different mediums and produced various types of art over the years.
From 2007- 2016 I had a workspace with Safe Studios near Brick Lane in London, where I took part in group exhibitions as part of 'First Thursdays', organised through the Whitechapel Gallery.
Since moving to Coventry in 2016, I have focused on making embroideries. Being involved with Warwickshire Open studios will be the first time I have exhibited locally.
I have made art throughout my life and studied art at Foundation level in Preston, Lancashire [1978-1980]. Then studied Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art [1980-1982]. For a short time I worked in a textile mill in Calder Vale, Lancashire where my job was to repetitively hand stitch very quickly for hours!
I went onto to get a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, and worked in Adult Mental Health and Community Learning Disability Services for several years in East London.
I did a Masters in Research in Art Psychotherapy in 2005 and contributed a chapter to the Publication 'Art Therapy and Learning Disabilities: Don't guess my Happiness- Eds Bull and O'Farrell, 2012 where I explored the therapeutic use of characters in popular culture in art therapy sessions with adults with learning disabilities.
I worked in private practice and was an art therapy supervisor.
I later worked at an FE college in London where I taught art to young adults with learning disabilities and was involved in organising exhibitions of their work. I currently support and teach young adults with disabilities at an FE college near Coventry.
Whilst I continue to make, draw and paint, I currently particularly enjoy the repetitious act of stitching.