My craft work is usually very vibrant and abstract; I enjoy looking at the shapes of objects more than the finer details of them. In my work I like to combine traditional hand techniques of drawing, printing, weaving etc. with the modern processes of computer programmes such as Photoshop and Scotweave.
Craft is a very versatile subject; very similar to the kind of person I am,. I would describe myself as outgoing and confident. Both at university and work, I am a natural born leader taking on the roles of student representative and customer service advisor; these roles give me pleasure as I enjoying making a difference and putting my opinion across.
BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts, University of Cumbria, 2007-Present
BTEC Diploma Art and Design, Institute of the Arts, Carlisle, 2006-2007
A-levels-Art and Design, English Language and Literature, Trinity Sixth Form, Carlisle, 2004-2006
7 GCSEs, Trinity School, Carlisle, 1999-2004
Fibre Arts Elective work selected for display, University of Cumbria, May 2008
Foundation Art and Design, Institute of the Arts, Carlisle, May 2007
A-level Art and Design, Trinity School, Carlisle, July 2006
Relevant Work Experience
During the summer of 2008, I worked at a local primary school running an activity class; making Chinese inspired fans for their ‘World Culture Week’. I instilled ideas for design as well as helping them to fold the paper to create a fan shape. The children worked well individually and together, they were pleased with the final outcomes.
On the 27th of October 2009, I was employed by Southfield Technology College, Workington, to run a printed and constructed textile workshop with their GCSE students. Resources that were not normally accessible to the school were used, demonstrating techniques such as devore printing, binding, wrapping to create elaborate constructed fascinators. This experience was extremely rewarding to feel the programme had inspired the students into creating exquisite pieces.
During the spring term of 2010 I did voluntary experience at Trinity Secondary School, Carlisle. This allowed me to study the interaction between students and tutors, as well as observing the preparation for classes that teachers undertake; this provided me with a realistic view of teaching. As an artist I hope that my presence in the classroom helped in the work of the students; assisting with sketchbook and presentation of the work.
In May 2010, I was awarded a Commendation for excellence of using wool in a woven piece that I entered in the Bradford Textile Society, international competition.