Parallel Practices: Making for Medicine 2016
I have been engaged in a 20 year career as a maker, academic and researcher within Craft. My practice focuses on appropriating processes derived from the defunct tin toy and vitreous enamel industries of the Midlands, creating metal automata and narrative objects that satirise and critique contemporary society.
Early work focused on printing tin using a unique process I developed during an MA at Wolverhampton University in 1997. Work was exhibited widely including Ruthin Craft Centre, The Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg and featured in journals including Crafts. An AHRC funded project with Bilston Crafts Gallery and Bilston and Battersea Enamels Ltd., in 2004 introduced me to enamel. This has become my main focus resulting in commissions for the National Trust and Bantock House Museum, appearances on BBC TV and being published by journals including Craft Research.
Currently I combine practice and lecturing with undertaking a practice based PhD at Birmingham City University.