Theme: engagement,

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archives autobiography, Bangladesh, Bronte collaborative, colour colour work commission, construction consumerism crafts, creative methods domestic embroidery embroidery, Emily Davison engagement, exhibition film, global handmade, health and well being history identity, India installation kantha, mental health people place quilt, recycle repurpose research Rochdale sensory signature, slow stitch storytelling suffragette, sustainable Tameside, text Touchstones Yorkshire

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Dr Guslain Museum, Belgium

Published: 1st August 2023
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PhD study

My PhD at UCA with Professor Lesley Millar and Simon Olding explored how collaborative stitch has undisclosed benefits and also tensions. It builds on my long standing experience as an academic, artist and socially engaged practitioner. The thesis involved three case studies focused on the signature cloth – a textile made up of hand sewn […]

Published: 8th June 2023
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Unfolding Origins

                       This partnership project with Chrysalis Arts and the North Yorkshire County Records Office uses a different creative lens to explore archives and history. My research uncovered new information pertaining to the old toll bridge in Selby and was a creative, personal exploration of its origins […]

Published: 8th February 2023
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Sew Near – Sew Far

Sew Near – Sew Far is part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage that sees artists partner with museums to produce new artworks inspired by  their collections. The stitch-based artworks form part of Brontë200, a five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of the Brontës. The short film […]

Published: 10th November 2021
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The Global Quilt

Global Connections is my repurposed quilt for the British Textile Biennial. It was part of the 62 Group exhibition at the Whitaker Gallery, Rawtenstall running from Oct – Nov 2021. The quilt made by hand over six months incorporated cloth from over 20 countries and was made with local community groups in Rossendale and Manchester. […]

Published: 6th November 2021
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Scaffolding for Life

Scaffolding for Life, a new initiative has seen its first iteration following a successful bid as part of  the Arts Council’s, Creative Practice award. Working with Conlon construct and charity Mates in Mind, this patchwork installation on Ormond Building at Manchester Metropolitan University explores ways to destigmatise issues related to poor mental health. The phrase, […]

Published: 31st May 2021
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Threads of Identity

My new article connected to this project will be published in early 2021 the Journal of Arts and Community as part of the second Stitching Together special edition. This project challenges stereo types surrounding embroidery practice, working with a group of 15 boys at Burnage Academy in Manchester. It is one in a series of […]

Published: 28th January 2021
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Textile Society award

I am delighted to have been awarded the  2020 Textile Society critical writing award for ‘An Embroidered Elegy; Mrs Scales Autograph Cloth’. This research from the viewpoint of an embroiderer uncovered the maker and making of a 1936 stitched fundraiser made in Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. The article is  published in the current […]

Published: 21st June 2020
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Hulme Sweet Hulme

The recipient of a Public Engagement Fellowship at MMU in 2009, I devised, co-ordinated and led Hulme Sweet Hulme, a collaborative arts project working with local groups.

Published: 10th October 2019
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Summer 2019

I am looking forward to presenting an artist’s perspective at the ICOM conference in Kyoto in September. This world class event brings together those interested in shaping the future of museums.My paper explores the value of small local museums and how, through the interrogation of one hand stitched cloth, the community in Robin Hood’s Bay, […]

Published: 7th July 2019
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