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07545 272 469

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Curriculum vitae

Full Clean Driving License                 Full Disclosed DBS Full Public Liability Insurance

 

 

Professional Development

 

Upcoming: Facilitation and Engagement in the Health and Social Care Environment. September 2015

Upcoming: Mammalian Diving Reflex 2 day workshop in social acupuncture. August 2015

Creative Reflection & Group Evaluation Techniques. Creativity Works, January 2015

Level 4 Award 'Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning sector'. September 2014

Cut it Out: 8 week Laser Cutting Course UWE. June 2014

Silversmithing. November 2013

Mental Health Awareness. May 2008

Bookkeeping. November 2006

 

Education

 

University of Plymouth 2001-2004

BA (HONS) 3D Design: Designer maker (specialising in Ceramics) 2:1

Awarded the University of Plymouth’s certificate of excellence for Dissertation: ‘The Potters of Lombok’

 

Professional Practice

 

I have a broad range of technical skills and like to utilise them fully in my freelance work as a Multidisciplinary Designer Maker. I have an excellent understanding of materials and construction techniques for both 2D and 3D projects. My work is consistently evolving and I enjoy challenging myself with new skills and making processes.  I work within a broad field of practice, from private commissions for interior projects to engaging community arts projects and site specific instillations.  

 

• 2D & 3D Construction Techniques

• Material fabrication : Wood, Metal, Ceramics & plastics

• Use of reclaimed and recycled materials

• Ceramics: Slipcasting & handbuilding.

• Mould making

• Willow Work

• Textiles: garment construction & hand sewing / costume design & construction

• Painting, large scale (mural) & surface treatment.

• Teaching

 

 

Work History

In Bristol Ltd. July 2006-Current

 

We set up ‘In Bristol Studios’ in 2006 to meet the specific needs of craftspeople and designer makers who required space to make large scale work in an environment where they would have access to a variety of resources. We specialise in providing fully equipped workshops for woodworking, printmaking, textiles & ceramics, which allows our members access to tools & equipment they would not otherwise be able to afford. As Creative Director within a team of two I have had to learn a number of skills to cope with the administrative and HR needs. The studio is based in a renovated warehouse and currently houses 35 makers, from fine furniture producers to jewellers, puppeteers, prop makers and potters!

 

• Book-keeping & Budget Management

• Grant proposals

• Health & safety legislation

• Communication & diplomacy skills

• PR & Media

• Project management

• Servicing  machinery & equipment

• Managing classes & group exhibitions

• Microsoft word, excel & power point

 

 

Site Specific Artist 2007 - current 

 

I have designed, developed and executed a number of community based public art projects for local residents. I understand the need for public consultation and believe strongly in developing concepts that utilise the ideas taken from residents and translating them into meaningful projects that are realistic in both time and budget, whilst still retaining their design integrity.

Public art can be a great challenge. Getting the right balance between creative vision, practical constraints, consultation, budget and timeframe can make all the difference when striving for a successful outcome. I am confident working as part of a team and enjoy creative collaboration when working for large projects. My strengths lie in engagement and consultation alongside the design & technical process.  

 

Arts Facilitation 2007 - Current

 

Since April 2007 I have been involved in developing and running a variety of workshops for a number of private and community organisations. Workshops range from using recycled materials, clay work, textiles and celebratory arts for festivals. I regularly work with young children, vulnerable adults, youth theatre, women’s groups, festival organisers & local schools

 

Chair - Phoenix 52 Community Arts Group 2008 - Current

 

I am chair of Phoenix52 Community Arts, a group run by and for residents living in East Bristol. The group, which is led by three local artists, organises and delivers a range of creative opportunities and activities in the community. Our mission is to run high quality creative workshops and to organise celebratory arts events that bring our community together. We aim to appeal to and reflect our diverse community by encouraging participation and celebration of creativity in all its forms within our neighbourhood. We also aim to help other local artists, makers and performers to develop and grow their practices within the community.