What I studied at school
I studied creative subjects at school, including GCSE Art & Design and Design Technology. After high school I went to an exceptionally creative sixth form college and studied A Level Art & Design, Fashion & Textile Design and Design Technology.
Art & Design and Design Technology were my favourite subjects at school and it was a natural choice to continue studying creative subjects at sixth form. Whilst studying A Levels I became fascinated by textiles and the many possibilities it presented, exploring both structured and surface technical processes. I had two great tutors who were both so inspiring and encouraged me to apply to university.
What I studied after school
I studied an undergraduate degree in Textile Design and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Continuing Education) at University of Leeds. I also gained an MA in Textile Practice from Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.
Gaining these qualification has been essential to my career in teaching children and those in Higher Education.
I studied for my undergraduate degree at university for 3 years, full time. Afterwards, I started working as Print Technician and freelanced for several years before returning part-time to university to undertake a teaching qualification and later a postgraduate degree in Textile Practice.
My career path
My professional background, research and creative practice has led me to collaborate with the Crafts Council, Arts Council England, Nike, Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Club, Leeds Museums and Galleries, The Tetley, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield.
Working with creative and cultural organisations, schools and colleges has been a key part of my career path. I love working with different groups of students, teachers and industry professionals on creative projects, it provides opportunities to share knowledge, experience and design perspectives.