I am a freelance lecturer and artist and am currently 'maker in residence' with the staff and students of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King's College London. I am a King's Artist with the Cultural Institute at King's College and contribute to the Institute's 'Make, Do, Play' programme, which is a cross faculty initiative focusing on every day creativity, and the 'Clinical Humanities' programme for the School of Medicine.
For many years I worked at Swansea College of Art, where I was a senior lecturer in Contextual Studies and taught undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also managed the MA Contemporary Dialogues: Textiles programme. I am now honorary research fellow at Swansea College of Art.
I deliver workshops for lots of different groups of people: nursing students, midwives, medical students, people who just want to be a bit more creative. My main interest is how making and transforming materials affects us in terms of our well-being and our productivity, in all aspects of our lives. Years ago I trained and worked as a counsellor and worked in the voluntary sector and the NHS. I haven't kept this up professionally, but my interest in what we mean to each other and what objects mean to us, persists in my practice and is explored in my PhD research. I like to describe myself as a 'cloth botherer', which means that I am very invested in what cloth means to me, what it feels like next to my skin, how it is made and unmade and how it is central to our lives, whether or not we are even aware of this.
I like exercise, though don't always feel like doing it, and particularly enjoy swimming in the sea and walking. I am interested in how exercise positively impacts on depression, having lived with the condition all of my adult life.