Since graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Furniture Design my work has developed and diversified and I now describe myself as a designer of ‘2D for 3D’.
The relationship of nature to the built environment is a key theme in my practice.
Whilst working in many different materials, my preference is for the sustainable and natural, for example: clay, wood, paper, glass and enamel. However, when health and safety considerations dictate, I also work with processed materials such as plastic- laminates and vinyls.
Learning about new materials and extending processes through collaboration with other makers and with manufacturers is a key part of my practise.
Clear communication is important and I integrate both in-depth research and teaching workshops into my projects.
My aesthetic is clean and clear – reducing, simplifying and uncovering underlying patterns. I like to inject gentle humour, visual poetry, narrative and a sense of place into my work.
My overall aim is to humanise the built environment and help people to feel a connection with the places that they live and work in a subtle and very natural way.
Clients have included Habitat, Royal Doulton, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Macmillan Cancer Care, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West London Mental Health Trust and London Parks.
I like minimalism and patterns,
The geometry of nature,
Detail and space,
Macro simplicity and micro complexity,
A circle in a square and a square in a circle,
Fitness of purpose,
Improvisation and play,
Making links, visual poetry and lists,
Repetition with variation,
The computer and handwork,
A stone placed on a table and a view framed by a window,
Buildings and sculpture and cups and saucers,
I like looking.
1985-87 MA Furniture Design, Royal College of Art .
1982-85 BA first class hons 3D Design (furniture), Middlesex Polytechnic.
2016 European Healthcare Design Awards - Three Bridges highly commended (with Willis Newson) for Interior Design & Art.
2015 - 2016 Crafts Council Injection programme participant.
2008 Reflect Forward Award and lottery grant for a solo exhibition at Craft Central, based on the Wellcome Archives.
2006 Arts Council grant for Inspirational Objects – nature as designer exhibition.
1990 Mc Coll’s Art Foundation Travel Bursary to go to India to study Dhokra metal casting.
1987 Second prize in ‘British Design in Japan’ Lamp section (Design Council). ‘Mirror lamp.’
1985 Princess of Wales Award-RCA (For the most distinguished female entrant of the year).
Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Borde Hill Gardens , Sussex|Rathfinny Vineyard, Sussex | West Dean House and Gardens | Macmillan Cancer Care | NHS |Habitat Stores |Royal Doulton |A and C Black Publishers |
Selected Projects, Commissions and Collaborations:
2017 Commission for large mural in the Glassroom Classroom in Golders Hill Park.
2016 Illustration for Spaces collection developed and used by Brighton Hospital Bereavement suite and Small Brook Care Home for early onset dementia.
2006- 2017 Collaborative work with Christiane Kersten - printed ceramics. Sold or exhibited in around 50 shops and galleries throughout the UK.
2015-2016 Developing new range of handmade ceramic – first shown at MADE London
2015 Project for Hillingdon Hospital Nuclear Medicine Department. Photographic collages in collaboration with Steve Speller
2014-2016 Project for Ealing Health Trust with David Morley Architects for Three Bridges Medium SecurePsychiatric Unit, including large vinyl wall pieces, wall poems, enamel panels and table-tops.
2012- 2013 Project for Macmillan Cancer Trust with ADP Architects including large vitreous enamel illustrative panels, bespoke splash backs, large Formica table, window manifestations, bespoke crockery and uniform scarves.
2012-2013 Project for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, designing a range of merchandise for the shop to be sold in conjunction with the Yinka Shonibare Exhibition.
2012 -2013 Project for Rathfinny Vineyard, East Sussex: developing branded products including ceramics, textiles and stationary
2011 Designed 10 products for Habitat in conjunction with BBC 2’s ‘The Next Big Thing’.
2007 Commission from Royal Doulton to design contemporary vases and bowls for the prestige Flambé range in partnership with Christiane Kersten.
2005 ‘Inspirational Objects - A Visual Dictionary of Elegant Forms’ by Alison Milner, published by A&C Black (UK) and Haupt (Switzerland) May 2005.
Selected Recent Exhibitions and Shows:
2015 MADE- London -new ceramic collection ‘Nature Table’ and MADE Brighton 2006-2014.
2015 Surface Design Show, London with AJ Wells.
2014 HOME - Olympia , London.-ceramics and domestic scale vitreous enamel.
2010 -2013 More than Floral, Group show (curator and exhibitor) : Cooper Gallery, Barnsley 2010 |Bilston Craft Gallery 2011| Inverness Museum and three Highland Galleries in 2011 | Waterside Arts Centre, Trafford 2012 | Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucester 2012 | Oriel Gallery, Clotworthy Gardens, Antrim, Northern Ireland 2013 |
2005 -2013 Nature as Designer (curator and exhibitor) : Booth Museum, Brighton 2006| Barn Gallery, West Dean Gardens, Sussex 2007| Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Islands 2009| Horniman Museum, London 2009|Rhyl Library and Art Gallery, Wales 2010 |Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon 2010 |The Treasure House, Beverley, Yorkshire 2012| Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London 2013|
2011 & 2012 TENT -Truman Brewery, London as part of London Design Festival.
2009 Votive Offerings, Fairy Godmothers & the Placebo Effect, Solo Show, Craft Central, London.
2008 100% design – with Design Nation. and with Formica Ltd
2017 Crafts Council Hot House mentor (to Sophie Southgate - ceramicist)
2006- 2011 Touring Exhibition ‘Inspirational Objects - Nature as Designer’ - Family Workshops and Gifted and Talented sessions.
2008-2016 West Dean College, Chichester Short course tutor (and privately - one to one) - Teaching Creative Photoshop for Artists and Designers and Self Publishing (using BLURB software).
1999-2007 Northbrook College Worthing, (Part-time) - Teaching BA 3D, HND 3D and Interiors, ND Design Crafts and Interior Design.
1988-1993 London College of Furniture (Now Metroplitan University) (Part-time) - Teaching B-tec Interior Design.