I am an Artist, Designer and Maker whose focus is on producing beautiful things with low or no carbon emissions. My flat-pack mannequins are a long term and permanent project (the first figure having been conceived and cut by me with a scalpel many moons ago). Now, adjacent with the business of my flat-pack figures I use recycled and eco-fabrics to make clothing and items that are always presented on my FlatMannies whenever appropriate.
I have practised in art and design with a sensibility towards sustainability for years. A piece from my recycling work is archived in the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) in Poole, England and is a piece that formed part of a collection that won me the Best Newcomer Prize at the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey in 2004. Since then one of my early embroidery designs has been used as a visual, on screen, in Season 2 of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee.
I often embellish cloth with my block printed or embroidery designs or with a combination of techniques. I have always had an affinity towards surface pattern ever since the days of graduating from Brighton with a Fashion-Textiles degree.