My Story

In July 2015 I took part in a week-long artist residency at Norwich Cathedral where I created my first site-responsive artwork using organic materials gathered from a tree. The leaves I gathered were from a Magnolia tree which lives in the Cathedral grounds, behind the walls of Jesus Chapel from which the piece was installed in. I was inspired to work with this material because of the translucent stain-glass like qualities that the leaves have when held up to the sunlight and the look and texture of the browning leaves reminded me of the leather bound books I had been observing in the Cathedral library. The process of using thread to stitch each individual leaf together also felt reminiscent of the traditional craft of bookbinding.

Liminality, fallen magnolia leaves and thread, 2015

Liminality, fallen magnolia leaves and thread, 2015

Since then, I have continued to collect organic materials gathered from local trees, such as seeds and leaves, to create temporary site-responsive installations and unique works of art on canvas. More recently I have begun translating these artworks into paintings, murals and wallpaper designs.