Mixed and Recycled Media Artist

Exhibitions and Events

The Canal Collage so far…

Canal Collage So Far

Staveley Feast 2012 – The Giant Canal Artwork

Plaiting Plastic Bags for the Collage Our youngest participant! Commissioned by The Chesterfield Canal Trust , this collage will be displayed along the Chesterfield Canal (details to be confirmed!)

Children from Hollingwood Primary School told me loads of fascinating facts and stories about the creatures on the canal, and, over two days of workshops, every child in the school had a go at making a creature out of recycled materials bought in by the children.  These creatures were decorated further at the fantastic Staveley Feast last weekend, and loads of the children’s work was added.  The creatures were added to a frame with plaited plastic bags and look wonderful swimming along the artwork!

There’s still a few more to add, so I’ll be posting a picture soon of the finished picture!

Thanks for coming to Willington!

Thanks to all those that braved the bank holiday cold and rain to come along to the Willington Arts Festival! My prints and greetings cards sold well, and I got chatting to lots of interesting people so it was a good weekend all round!

Willington Arts Festival 2010 May Bank Holiday

On the May bank holiday weekend, I’ll be at the Old School in Willington as part of the Willington Arts Festival.  As well as displaying some of my work, I will be selling prints and greetings cards.  Hopefully see some of you there!

handmade cards with recycled materials

Exhibition 28th June – 22nd August 2010

I will be the featured artist this summer at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott, Derbyshire.  I will exhibit some new collages alongside some pictures that have been exhibited before.  Greetings cards with prints of my work (I’ve made some out of recycled magazines) will be for sale there too – I’ll put some pictures on here soon too.

The Beetroot Tree – Open Art Exhibition 30th Jan – 14th Feb 2010

My work is part of the the Erewash Open Art Exhibition and will be on display at The Beetroot Tree, a gorgeous gallery in Draycott, near Derby (DE72 3PP if you want to put it in your sat nav).  There’s a shop and a shop with delicious hot chocolate and cake!   The exhibition runs for two weeks from the 30th January.

Later on in the year, I will hopefully have my own exhibition here, and will post more details nearer the time!

The Giant Caterpillar!

It was great fun at the weekend in Longley Four Greens, Sheffield where children helped build a giant caterpillar out of cycle tyres…

building a caterpillar!

Children also used the tyres to print onto fabric, making up caterpillar pictures and stories.  These will be sewn together to form tunnels that children can play inside.  There will be a waterproof outer structure (an old taupaulin), so the structure should last!

caterpillar structure

The children enjoyed playing in the caterpillar, and making up different games to play…

racing through the caterpillar

Thanks for coming to the festival!

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that came to Wirksworth last weekend.  I had a really great time, and will post some pictures soon!

Wirksworth Festival this weekend!

I’ll be exhibiting and selling my art, and showing off what I’ve been up to over the last year.  Bring any sweet wrappers, and tickets – I’ll be putting together a scrapbook of memories from this years festival made with everyones rubbish, and will offcourse be looking for some creative helpers!

Hope to see you there!

The Chesterfield Canal Collage – Really Nearly Finished!!

Nearly Finished!

I’ll probably carry on adding bits and pieces to this over the next few months, but think that it looks lively and captures the feel of the festival – Thanks to all my helpers over the weekend, I’m very happy with the (almost!) finished result.   Let me know what you think (you can leave a comment below)…

I’ll be exhibiting this along with some of my other work at the Wirksworth Festival on the 12th and 13th September.  If you haven’t been to the festival before, its a fantastic event – Loads of artists display their work in peoples homes and buisnesses throughout Wirksworth – I’ll be just off the Market Place, in Crown Yard.  There’s loads of performances and stuff going on, so there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.  The website is www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk if you want to find out more.

Canal Collage!

The Chesterfield Canal Festival was a great event – lots of children helped cut and stick and paint using all the rubbish visitors and exhibitors gave me over the weekend! In a week or so, I’ll have a bit of time to finish the collage, and will put some more pictures up.  For now though, here’s some pictures from the event itself…


busy busy busy!

getting messy!

making birds for the sky!

Chesterfield Canal Festival, Kiveton Park, Rotherham 23rd – 25th May 2009

I’m going to be displaying my work at the Chesterfield Canal Festival – www.kiveton2009.com – It should be a great weekend – you can camp there and they’ll be loads of stalls and stuff going on – including boat rides! I’m going to be getting visitors to donate their rubbish from the festival, and help me create a canal-inspired collage – it should keep me busy for a few days!  Would be great to see you there!

Your Sheffield NOW! Rivelin Valley

Sheffield NOW! teamed up with Ruthie (a fab artist who makes giant knitted structures), and lots of young people and their families to find out more about spaces through den-building and collaging. Using a mixture of french knitting, weaving and collaging, this fantastic structure evolved over the course of an afternoon! A really fun and relaxing way to spend a weekend!

french knitting!


Your Sheffield NOW! Endcliffe Park – Photos from the day!

The Your Sheffield NOW! Collage was woven through the trees at Endcliffe Park making a den! 'I want to bake in this space' - it will be spikey! den.jpg

We had a fantastic day making African inspired dens using bits and pieces found in Endcliffe park Sheffield, weaving artwork people created throughout the event in and out. The work created will be added to the Your Sheffield NOW! Weave (see the Sheffield NOW! page for more details)  – If anyone is interested in helping create the weave, please get in touch – I will be recruiting volunteers for a cake fuelled day, to put together the work we have collected at the last couple of events!