• Portfolio

      A sample of work in support of the Arts Council Application for
      'A Stitch in Time' - November 2019

      Creative Engagement Practice - since 2006

      Charting the Seas of Change

      Stories for Change

      Designed, co-illustrated and co-produced a 63-strong global leadership team - this visual storytelling toolkit is now being developed for individual and community use; helping people talk about difficulties in change and transition using metaphor and story.

       

      Designed and facilitated the journey to harvest individual stories, share group stories and collectively build a new story for the next phase of change.

      Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

      Round One of Heritage Lottery Funding Application

      Designed and hand-made a kit to support a group of stakeholders on the Vauxhall Heritage project; whom had very different ideas, opinions and visions about the future of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens; the creative process cut through the politics and resulted in a clearly articulated joint vision statement for the project - a real triumph!

      Propellernet - Visual Leadership

      Stories for Change

      Supported a Client Director with a hand-drawn visual storyboard kit to use in client presentations; working to her right-brain strengths and bringing imagination and fun into the process.

      A new School Community

      Creative Engagement & Visual Leadership

      One year journey supporting the Head of the new Shrewsbury School campus in Bangkok; researching and developing creative ideas and approaches to engage new children and families in the lead up to opening, building a new staff team and creating a resilient community.

      A Board meeting with a difference

      Social Strategy Storyboards

      Produced 2 Large Format hand-illustrated storyboards and accompanying 'Mr Men' style book for a Exec Board gathering to discuss how 'social strategy' could transform their business on the inside and out.

       

      Partnered with CEO to develop the content, story and the composition of each illustration.

      Propellernet Animation

      Stories for Change

      Developed the story and storyboard with the CEO; hand-illustrated in partnership with another illustrator and co-produced the animation; resulting in a 6-minute animation that clearly articulated Propellernet's work; something that they had struggled to do for a long time before.

      Improving Vauxhall

      With Vauxhall One Community Projects

      Supported Vauxhall One in developing an engagement strategy for local community groups and residents to understand community needs and identify key projects and activities that could be supported by Vauxhall One and local businesses.

       

      This is a workshop with local residents and stakeholders to discuss their proposals for improvements in the public realm.

       

      Workshop design and co-facilitation; world cafe tablecloths for harvesting group conversations

      Hoo Peninsula - Environmental Stakeholder Event

      The Art of Engagement

      Supported the lead facilitator with the event; with an illustrated gallery for a group exercise, hand-drawn signage and visual notes of the event.

      Earthwatch

      Visual Artefact for Internal & External Stakeholder Engagement

      A process of drawing out the story, key messages and language to clearly articulate Earthwatch's work and focus areas; harvesting, distillation and information architecture; co-designed with Graphic Designer

      How can we Save the Children?

      Fundraising Team Away Day

      Led 100 staff through a reflective process to connect with their deepest wishes for how they would help children in the coming year - facilitated a creative process resulting in a 15ft display of visual responses to the question; which was sunsequently installed at Head Office.

      Nature-Art Practice - since 2009

      Natural Beauty

      Everyday plants and flowers

      A photographic cataloging series at Windyridge Estate - and a process of presence to magnificence and beauty of common flowers and plants.

      Family Learning - RSPB

      Craft & Conservation in the Public Realm

      Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation.

      The Wonderful Wild Meadows of Windyridge

      Community Engagement Event - Windyridge

      Ran a nature engagement session with Actor/Landowner Corin Stuart; bringing nature connection together with identification, storytelling, natural and local history.

      Collaborative Labyrinth Building & Geomancy

      With Richard Creightmore

      As part of my Geomancy training - we built a temporary labyrinth using sawdust; working with the labyrinth as a tool for transition and reflection and earth accupuncture for good placement.

      Nature Photography

      Capturing the wonder of the forest

      I do this less these days as it doesn't fit with Forest Bathing or Nature Immersions, or my intuitive mapping. However, from time to time - it has it's place.

      A Stitch in Time

      A selection of samples and experimental artworks that give a taste of early works

      that have led to and inspired the proposed project

      The Forest

      As guide, teacher and medicine

      A journey through the forest, the mind and through a transition in life..

       

      Story and prose with light experimental botanical illustration

      Winter Tonic

      The wonder of the elderberries

      An experimental paper piece using plant-dye, dried and pressed elderberry plant with a wax finish

      Picking berries

      The Season of Winter Tonic

      An experimental paper piece using plant-dye, dried and pressed elderberry plant with a wax finish

      Reflective Walks

      With Women in the Ashdown Forest

      Walks in the Ashdown Forest have been a feature of living here since my arrival in early 2014; the walks inform visual arts practice and prose - and I am also curious to explore social sculpture through these walks.

      Intuitive Mapping

      Exploring Inner & Outer Landscapes

      Hand-drawn maps of reflective walks - highlighting specific areas of interest and experience; collecting found objects, noting insights and guidance, notable places and natural elements. Working with the symbolism of the 'four directions' and mapping connections with other places of importance.

       

      A profound experience - and incredibly valuable process and tool for exploring place, habitat and the relationship to our inner world.

       

      This map uses Paper, simple mapping, watercolour and stitch.

      Streams of Consciousness

      A sample of a recording of a 30-minute daily reflective walk in nature; streams of consciousness in response to the landscape and natural elements; collecting plant materials for pressing and dying.

      Kundalini Rising

      The serpent emerges from the depths

      An experimental textile piece using rust printing.

      Tree of Fertility

      The beloved Olive Tree

      Experimental piece with rust printing, plant-dye and botanical print.

      Fertile Land

      Honouring the Olive Trees; Calling in Guidance

      The tree of fertility sits within circles and spirals of dropped leaves - creative life force visibly present; experimental piece with paper, raw earth, stitch, writing with walnut ink, and botanical printing

      Kundalini Energy

      An explosion of life and energy

      An experimental textile piece with dying with plant materials from the surrounding landscape.

      A Journey through Time and Place

      A week in Puglia

      A series of 5 x A4 maps of daily walks during a textile retreat in Puglia; formed into a hand-made book; easily dismantled to enable pieces to be pulled out and viewed in detail.

       

      Experimental paper piece with rust and plant dye, rust print, botanical print, found objects, prose, prayer, streams of consciousness and cataloguing of natural elements.

      A walk in the herb garden

      Tactile Journal

      An experimental cloth-journal with stitch, plant-dye and botanical print.

      Walls on Walks

      Map

      Experimental sample of paper with rust printing with found objects and plant dye - collected from the rustic stone walls along the roadside

      A long walk

      A meander through time

      An experimental paper book sample with rust and botanical print, walnut ink, stitch and streams of consciousness.

      Consciously Arriving

      The Crossroad, the Gate and the Portal

      Experimental textile piece with plant-dye, walking-stitch and acrylic paint.

      Layers

      Crossroads

      Experimental paper piece with layers of rust and plant dye

      Mother Bear - Winter

      Native American Mother Bear Symbol

      First textile dye and paint piece on linen; plan to experiment with colours, explore stitch prose and different fabrics for wall hangings

       

      A symbol I have been working with since 2014 with my shadow-work, motherhood and fertility journeys.

      Mother Bear - Earth

      Native American Mother Bear Symbol

      The earthy clay cave surrounds the Bear - plan for experimentation with raw earth materials