My career centres on embroidery and textiles, both practical and academic and my core skills were developed over twenty years as a costumier for theatre and film. Over the last twenty years I have built expertise in two further areas: development work and fine art embroidery. I have extensive experience of rural and refugee development projects for women, particularly in the area of handicrafts and costume in Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, Turkey and India. For the last ten years I have been designing and developing toys, dolls and other handicrafts for a Tibetan income generation project in China. I have worked on Wellcome Trust funded art projects on art and health with women in the slums of Mumbai and in rural Mexico. My work in the region is the inspiration for my embroidered textile pieces, which draw on issues of iconography, identity, gender and Asian art. 

Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, UK

Fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia

Awards

Christine Risley Award, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Selvedge Magazine Illustrate Your Point

Selvedge Magazine Drawing Award

Exhibitions

Another View - Royal Birmingham Society of Arts, Birmingham

Machines and Makers - Mundaring Arts Centre, Western Australia

The Wit of the Stitch - Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales

The Needle’s Eye: Contemporary Embroidery -The National Museum, Oslo, Norway

The Needle’s Eye: Contemporary Embroidery - Kode Art Museum, Bergen, Norway

Lines of Communication - Hoxton Arches, London

Liminal - Mall Galleries, London

Prism: Textile Inspired Art - Whitstable Museum & Gallery, Whitstable

Everyday Encounters - William Morris Museum & Gallery, London 

Hidden Places, Hidden Spaces - Mall Galleries, London

Everydeities: Divinity, Mundanity and Embroidery -Bombay Electric, Mumbai

At Home: Conversations about Art and Health - Dharavi, Mumbai

East-West Art Award Competition - La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

Magnet Open Art Project - Concord, New Hampshire, USA

Rarities: An Exhibition of Miniature Magnetic Art - Hastings and St Leonards

Up Close, In Detail - Mall Galleries, London

Designer Crafts at the Mall - The Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London

Puppets and Automata - One Church St Gallery, Great Missenden

Inspired by Morris - William Morris Gallery, London 

Doing the Needful - Knitting & Stitching shows, London, Dublin, Harrogate

Doing the Needful - The Constance Howard Research Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London

Evoke: Evolve: Expand - Mall Galleries, London

On the Melancholy of Tailors - The Constance Howard Research Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London

Designer Crafts at the Mall - The Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London

Threads through Life - Hotspot, Galleriet på Designtorget, Vasagatan 20, Västerås, Sweden

Graduate showcase - Knitting & Stitching show, London

Headline: A Sense of the Moment - Mall Galleries, London

Prism - Mall Galleries, London

Work

Mentor Artist - Arts and health project, rural Mexico

Mentor Artist - Dharavi Biennale, Mumbai, India. Provoke/Protect, Embroidery Workshop in response to rape in India, Mapping the Hurt, Embroidery and quilting workshop mapping domestic violence.

Trainer - Masterclass in Costume, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

Costume design in collaboration with Mumbai-based performance artist Jyoti Dogra

Mentor Artist - Dekha/Andekha art project. Mumbai, India. Art workshops with women in slums.

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Handicraft consultant – Lhasa, Tibet, Shangri La, Yunnan Province, Yangon, Myanmar, Turkey and Gaza

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Freelance Textile Artist and Costumier, Mumbai and London

Costume design in collaboration with Mumbai-based performance artist Jyoti Dogra

Costume design, Industrial Theatre Company, Mumbai

Costume design in collaboration with Mumbai-based artist Tejal Shah

Freelance Costumier, London

Technical advisor to women’s handicraft projects, Nepal

Design, technique and marketing for women’s empowerment projects, Nepal 

Trainer in traditional Tibetan tailoring, Tibetan refugee camp, Kathmandu, 

Freelance Costumier, London, Australia

Head tailor for Disney production Beauty and the Beast

Freelance Costumier, London

Costumier, Royal National Theatre, London

Costumier, English National Opera, London

Costumier, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon, London

Costumier, West Australian Theatre Company, Perth

Memberships

Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

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