A way of working…
As a visual artist working across disciplines I explore questions around the nature of our being. Contemplating the threads woven between our own embodiment, the transience of our lived experience, the mystery of the natural world, and the creative pulse connecting all of life.
Arising from my own search for meaning, belonging, and sense of peace, I seek ways of working that hold the soulful presence imbuing the process of making. So work is initiated from an internal bodily felt sense and meditative awareness, where sensation, emotion and feeling are entwined with that which can be seen directly from observation of the world around us.
In this way individual pieces of work become mementos of the flux between seen and sensed reality, and can be seen as ‘way markers’ of a journey home towards the grace of being.
For as long as I can remember, art has been my constant companion, as well as my way of finding meaning, and a feeling of being at home while journeying through life. Along the way, I have also lectured in art and design before becoming a mother, and have found the practice of meditation and embodied movement support my path inwards towards soul, and a life created from that truth.
After a childhood and early adulthood of moving frequently, I settled into life on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire wolds in 2003. Where I now live and work with my husband, sculptor Alan Micklethwaite, our three children and our family cats. Here I find contentment in those moments when all aspects of life and work flow together as one; and peace in the process of finding that flow, when I remember that every breath is an invitation to return home to an awareness of the infinite beauty present in each passing moment.
MA by Project, Royal College of Art, London, 1999
BA Hons 1st Class, Loughborough College of Art and Design, 1997
Foundation Studies, Lincoln College of Art and Design, 1994
PGCE (post 16 years) Hull University, 2010
Dru Yoga Teacher Training, Leeds, 2009
Stone Carving Training, with Alan Micklethwaite, beginning 2009
Letter Carving Training, with Alan Micklethwaite, beginning 2017
Dru Meditation Teacher Training, Leeds, 2017
Art and Design Lecturer, Hull College – School of Art, 2006 – 2010
Cmmunity art/craft teaching, Hull, 2004 – 2005
Art and Design lecturer, Grimsby College of Art, 2003 -2004
Community art/craft teaching, Nottingham, 2000 – 2003
Jewellery Designer, CME – Leicester, 1996 – 2004
Designs for letter carving in stone with Alan Micklethwaite, 2017 – ongoing
Letter carving in stone and stone carving with Alan Micklethwaite, 2017 – ongoing