Private Commission,

Two weeks by the atlantic sea.

pencil on velum layered paper, 300 x 420 mm

Pride of place

Helen Berry from Create did such a wonderful curating job for the Hint of East Coast Promise Exhibition at Woodend Creative Workspace in the Crescent in Scarborough. It was a well received exhibition and a friendly group of people.

'Woman thinking' having pride of place. She sat there, the surrounding so befitting her.
Charcoal, Walnut Ink,  1000 x 730 mm, framed. £175

Open Studios 09

Just for those of you who couldn't make it to open studios, here is a glimpse of the main room.

Create 09 Exhbition

Daily Colour Project: Sustaining systems

Installation view for the Graduate Show Create 09. The work was commissioned for the Start 4 Art Awared 08. Months on display are:
August: the first month the project was consistently recorded on my return from holiday,
September: With reasonably fair weather
December: With wet weather, celebration days and the end of 2008.
April: Fairer weather, rebirth of nature with spring and faith rebirth with Easter. Also the last month the project was recorded.

There are a total of 9 months recorded (but not displayed here) covering the four seasons from summer to spring.

Colour prints on cotton rag paper, produced from the offcuts of the t-shirt industry,
Embossed with the dates and sewn with thread into patchwork square.
Each square 700mm x 700mm.
Mounted with dressmakers pins.

In this ongoing project, photographed for the Start 4 Art Award 08, drying washing was sorted by colour as daily art interventions. The work explores how small systems underpin our lives with inevitable consequences beyond the domestic. Equally these personal structures are affected in time by external factors such as illness, seasons or more ominously global climate change.

Banker 2008 bird in the air

After applying to participate in the mail art of Acquired Collective, I received my postcard through the mail with some instructions and 2 weeks maximum to make my response. This was the result: Banker 2008 Bird in the Air.

Original size: 600mm x 460 mm
Medium: inkjet prints on financial envelopes, thread

The works references the changes which have occurred in the financial world between 1978 and 2008 and our subsequent perception of bankers. The format relates to the postcard photograph and the Amish tradition of patchwork quilts. In opposition to the name of the old village store the pattern used for the work is ‘bird in the air’ alluding to the uncertainty which results from the credit crunch.

Detail of red/front patchwork:

Detail of green/back patchwork:

Daily Colour Project, December Patchwork

December images have been sewn together and dates have been embossed. December was a wet month and washing had to be dried inside overnight. Some days, including the 25th no washing was done. This leaves blank squares with dates still embossed. The last four units have been left blank, as in the structure of that particular month in 2008.
The work explores how small systems underpin our lives with inevitable consequences beyond the domestic. Equally these personal structures are affected in time by external factors such as illness, seasons or more ominously global climate change.

Patchworks in progress

I have started to produce the final layout for the daily colours project. The toned down selected photographs for each day have been printed on Khadi paper, paper made from cotton cut-offs from the t-shirt industry in India. Handmade with a lovely deckle edging.

I have laid out the images for the months of August 08 and September 08, the first two months in which I consistently recorded this daily discreet art performance and practice. Dates will be embossed on each piece of paper; some pieces will be completely blank following the layout of the western calendar system. The pieces are intended to be sewn together in the fashion of a patchwork quilt.

The images record whether the washing was dried inside or outside according to the weather and seasonal changes. The number of wet days in August are a strong reminder of the climat change which is affecting us globally and locally.

August 08
September 08

I would love at this stage for my fellow blog artist to provide some feedback about the presentation of this work in progress.

Make Do and Mend Exhibition

I have just spent a lovely morning setting up for the Make Do and Mend Exhibition.

Opening storage boxes, unrolling work and setting up is one of the great pleasures of being an artist. When there is a lovely space available for work to be displayed and putting the finishing touches on an installation is very rewarding. It makes all the soul searching, questions and difficult choices arising in the production of the work worth it.

Winding Thread Triptych as set up in ARTLINK Gallery, Hull. Please follow link for images of works by the other artists:

Detail of the central panel with the shadows from lighting and sunshine.


Selected Exhibitions and events

2010    Hafney Trust Residency, working for Whitby Hospital. 

2010    Ryedale Folk Museum Of Rural life, Exhibition in Manor House, Hutton le Hole, N Yorks

09-10   Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology Exhibition, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham.

2009    Mini Print Exhibition 2009, Artlink, Centre for Community Arts, Hull.

2009    Selection Box ’09, Group Exhibition, Back o’ the Shop Gallery, Terrington, NYorks. 

2009    Artworks, Solo Exhibition, Stone Soup Creative agency, York.

2009    North Yorkshire Open Studios 09, including A Hint of East Coast Promise Exhibition, Woodend Creative Workspace, Scarborough.

2009    Daily Colour Project: sustaining systems, Create 09, Exhibition of Commissioned work, York St John University.

2009    Past and Present, Group Exhibition, The Artspace, York.

2009    Make Do and Mend, Women’s Work Exhibition, Artlink Gallery, Hull

2008    1mm = 1year: Stratified Time, multimedia installation, Graduate Show. York St John University

2008    York Open Studios, Selected to represent York St John University.

2008    From Book to Book, Exhibition of New Artists’ books , PAGES project, Curated by John Mc Dowall and Chris Taylor,  Leeds Art Gallery.

07- 08  Residency with York Archaeological Trust, at the Hungate Dig Excavations, York, which culminated in an Installation/Exhibition: 1 mm = 1 year

2007    Presentation: The influence of Tanka on my practice, Tanka: Art & Creative Writing Symposium, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

2007    Drawing Works, Exhibition, The ArtSpace, York

2007    Please do not Bend, Artist Event, City Screen, York.

2006    Tanka & Art, Exhibition, Curzon Soho, London

2006    Fairy Tales, Workshop and exhibition, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery.

2005    Tsukanoma No Bi, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama, Japan

2005    Fleeting Beauty, Exhibition,  British Art inspired by Tanka poetry.
            Embassy of Japan, London.


2009    Lost in the Jungle, The Big Draw National Campaign, Drawing workshop, Back o’ the shop Gallery, Terrington, North Yorkshire.

2008    Visiting lecturer, teaching life drawing to York St John Students.

2008    Tutor Asssistant  for Performance Art Workshop Workshops,
            York St John University.        

2008    Master Classes for Gifted And Talented Students: Art & Science held at the University of York and York St John. Private/Public Partnership.

2007    Design a Textile Project with 6th Formers, All Saints RC School, York,.

2006    Shadow teaching and project with GCSE and A level students in Art Department.  Individual Project designing window art with year 10, All Saints RC School, York


2009-2010       Heritage Commission producing a 6 metre digital printed work based on the archives, York St John.

2008                Photographing Workshops and producing layered photoworks for display.
Wider Participation Project Office, Keighley and York.

2008                Private commission.

2007                Winding thread, Drawing installation, Lux Festival in Gillygate, York, as part of the Illuminating York Festival, City of York.

2007                Printed Plate Design for conferment dinner Service for York St John University

2006                Collaboration project designing window manifestations  for the foyer from the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. C4C Centre, Lord Mayor’s Walk York.


2002-2008       BA (Hons) in Art & Design, First Class,
York St John University

1984-1985       University of Iowa, Iowa, U.S.A.
Art History and Printing, Dean’s list.

1983-1984              Brussels Academy of Art
Life Drawing

1975-1978              Art Academy of Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium


2008                Graduate Start 4 Art award with commission, Fine Arts, York St John University.

2007                3rd Prize, Photography Competition 2007, York St John University

2006                1st Prize, Photography Competition 2006, York St John University


2008                From Book to Book, Exhibition Catalogue, John Mc Dowall and Chris Taylor, Wild
                        Pansy Press, 2008.

2008                The Word, Issue 3, C4C, CETL , York St John University, Rising Smoke images     in response to Japanese Tanka Poetry.

2007                The Word, Issue 2, C4C, CETL, York St John University
                        Red Dress, Red Shoes, Red Hoodie from fairy tales series.

Individual works held in private and corporate collections.

Embedded Strata

I decided to make a hard book cover for this book as the binding was getting loose. The handmade paper is rough and full of interesting residue from the original papers and waste soil from the Hungate Dig, but tears easily. I decided the cover should be reminescent of the boxes in which archaeological artefacts are stored; so I opted for a simple cover of brown wrapping paper.
This is one of the books which will be on show at the 12th International Contemporary Artists'Book Fair at the University of Leeds on 6th and 7th of March. You will be able to leaf through our works at the 'Kruse e Scriven' Display.

Widening Participation

C4C foyer.

Drama workshop

Collaboration 4 creativity.

These layered photoworks were produced as a commission for the Wider Participation Office at York St. John in collaboration with the Sangat Centre in Keighley to give the opportunity to women to consider furthering their education and personal development.

Drawing workshop