I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 with an MA in Fine Art. My MA work focused on a specific time and place; coal mining communities in the North East of England at the turn of the 20th century. The key role of miners’ wives was explored through their domestic handicraft skills of knitting and crochet. For this collection of work I produced ‘fossilised’ forms in bone china as well as in hand-made paper to demonstrate the fragility of this particular way of community life.
I am continuing to explore the processes of knitting and casting in bone china in my new body of work entitled ‘Knitting for Tommy’. These new pieces are a dedication to the soldiers who perished in the first world war, in particular to my great, great uncle, William Mackey, who died in France in 1917 at the age of 23. It is also a dedication to the scores of women who knitted socks and other garments for their loved ones in the trenches during the first world war. My pieces are hand made in wool from original 1914 patterns then cast in bone china.
Processes of making are very important to me as a maker/artist and I am intrigued by patterns of construction. As such, traces of the maker, as well as processes of making inform my practice.
Born and raised in Durham, I am very interested in domestic handicrafts handed down through generations, particularly where there is a connection to industry. I describe myself as a mixed media artist, since the subject of my work tends to dictate it's final form and I enjoy the process of engaging directly with materials. I currently live and work in St Albans, Hertfordshire.