I have been working as a socially engaged artist, writer and sculptor for the past 20 years. My arts practice is centred on the belief that each of us is innately creative and that accessing our creativity is vital for our health and wellbeing. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and that the telling of these stories has an intrinsic value, both to the teller and their community.
I have developed a methodology that gently encourages participants to recover their creative selves, tell their stories using a variety of media, and connect at a deeper level with themselves, their environment and their communities.
“You have a very warm, empathic and enabling style. You made the workshop special”.
“Thank you for running these workshops. The beautiful space you provide makes everything possible”
I am particularly interested in helping to give voice to the quiet, every-day stories that may otherwise be overlooked or forgotten. Where voices have been silenced, the gentle methodology I practice, helps people to find a creative way to speak out. For the past 11 years I have specialised in working with women, exploring issues including motherhood, grand-motherhood, menarche, the female body and trauma. Since 2019 I have worked in partnership with organisations supporting women who have experienced sexual violence, and have co-published a research paper collating the results of this work.
In my 3D practice I create figurative pieces, studying human and animal forms. My sculptures explore the ways in which stories are frequently embedded within our bodies; and at times my pieces weave together stories from folklore and fairytale. The majority of my sculptures are ceramic, I find working with clay deeply therapeutic and nourishing, and include its use in many of the workshops I run.
All of my work is grounded by an ongoing fascination with, and research into, the healing qualities of literature, myth, fairytale, storytelling, dream and archetype. Story, in all its rich forms, is one of my greatest interests and joys, and forms the backbone of my practise.
My work brings together over 28 years of training and working within the worlds of holistic health, body work, dance, creative writing, journalism, film, community arts, personal development, photography and sculpture. I am grateful to all the wonderful teachers I’ve met along the way, not least my two amazing daughters.