High House Studios

After graduating I was fortunate enough to have been one of the first two artists that were selected for the first ever High House Studios Artist Residency by Antony Gormley and Vicken Parsons at their home in rural Norfolk, and to have returned on two more occasions since with my partner Jake for month-long working residencies. 

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Surrey Artist Open Studios Bursary

Last summer I made the decision to leave my full-time job as a jewellery design assistant in Cambridge so I could move to Reigate; close to where I grew up. I wanted to use this opportunity to make my art my main priority again and to focus on my art career. As an emerging artist, now only in part-time employment, being awarded a bursary has been tremendously supportive.

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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 also begun translating these artworks into paintings.