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1981/2 Chester College of Further Education: Art Foundation course.
1982/5 Manchester Polytechnic: Illustration BA (Hons)
2007/8 Oxford Brookes University: Post graduate certificate in advanced
educational practice, (Arts and Culture) Merit.
illustrator , self employed, 1986 to date:
Specialising in finely detailed and textural work for most of the
major book publishers, and a wide range of commercial advertising
agencies and designers. More recently concentrating on children's
have spent 20 years specialising in finely detailed and textural work
for most of the major publishers, advertising agencies and designers.
Media include watercolour, pen and ink, scraperboard, collage, hand
prepared surfaces and hand made paper.
artist and performer for theatre and education
* Mask, props, puppet making and performance ~ Horse
and Bamboo theatre
* Guided imagery ~ Making and performing costumes,
masks, set building
and puppets for themed environments designed for children
and young adults with special needs.
* Youth workshops ~ as workshop leader and also
working with musicians,
performaers and a director on performance arts courses.
* Costume design and prop making for theatre and
film animation companies.
* Set miniatures for theatre productions and other
creative industries. (Pingu
* Characters and props for advertising and marketing
* School based KS1-4 and early years workshops and
* Creative Partnerships Practitioner, East Lancashire
and Salford (2004-2009)
In May 2007 I established Handheld theatre with musician Fredrik Holm,
a new childrens and puppet theatre company, producing performances
and workshops for theatres, schools and community venues. Collaborating
with arts venues and schols, and performing in our touring yurt. Handheld
builds on the experiences gathered through our previous collaborations
with other people's theatre, allowing us the freedom of developing
our own ideas about inspiring and enabling creativity in others. Handheld
has so far performed with The Dukes Theatre Lancaster, the Horse and
Bamboo theatre venue, Mid Pennine Arts and Skipton Puppet Festival.
* Model-making for animation, Aug 2004, Bristol
school of animation.
* Various short training courses in mask,
film making and model making
* Various performance art projects, fine art,
sculpture and related arts activities.
* Community arts, making for and participating
My work is rooted in my childhood experiences growing up in rural
Herefordshire. This left an enduring interest in the natural world
and storytelling, which has inspired my illustration work.
of my creative life has been responding the varied needs of the competitive
and commercial worlds of publishing and advertising, with a varied
client list of established companies. I also enjoy working within
the performing arts. Working with Horse and Bamboo theatre and others
over the last few years has allowed me to extend my creative work
into mask work, 3D modelling and prop making.
workshops and performing in projects such as Guided Imagery, or
as a creative practitioner in schools has allowed me to learn from
the energy of young people and the knowledge of established performers.
The work is important to me not only for the enjoyment it provokes,
but also the transformations it creates in both audiences and participants.
my creative practice
Sept 2007 I began an MA in Creative Learning, accredited by Oxford
Brooks University and supported by Creative Partnerships East Lancashire.
This is a three year part time MA. I have so far completed the first
2 modules and received a post graduate certificate in advanced educational
practice, (Arts and Culture) at Merit grade.