My creative life is focused upon the visual arts and crafts, their practice, future and history. Prior to setting up my studio practice I gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education. Following a teaching career in adult education I took up the post of Head of Education at the Design Museum, followed by that of Outreach Officer at the National Gallery, London. I then became Director of Making it Work, an Arts Council funded initiative to make the case for support for craft in education and my final formal post was that of General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design.
I am now studio based, combining my creative practice of drawing with writing and advocating for the contemporary and heritage crafts.
My drawings explore the natural and built environments, informed by observation and research and inspired by a sense of place and history. My practice is about selection and interpretation, looking to identify connections and stories alongside reflecting on issues pertinent to the changing environments I am working from.
My writing focuses upon the contemporary and heritage crafts. The position, value, understanding of and future for making skills, and contemporary and heritage crafts in society has long engaged, delighted and concerned me.
Craft is distinctive. Craft is about making and thinking. Making as creating, making as making do, and making as mending. Making in all these aspects generates confidence, resilience, objects, artefacts, solutions, ideas, systems and structures.
To quote Victor Hugo. ‘Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.’ I propose that craft, craft as making, is one such powerful idea.