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Arlesey, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
I am a cut paper artist and I live in Arlesey, Bedfordshire. I am originally from Wiltshire, from a very long village called Winterslow, just outside Salisbury. I make my work by drawing into a black piece of paper and then layering colours from behind which I cut into again. This makes very delicate and intricate paper pieces that are inspired by my love of the landscape and the natural world about me.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

70's day at Mill Green Museum.....

70's Day at Mill Green Museum was a fun day! I ran a drop in event for children - and adults too - from 12 til 5pm  to come and have a go at working with sticky backed plastic and here are a few of what was made.... camels/ flowers and cars! Mill Green Museum in between Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City is a lovely place to visit!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Sticky vinyl comes to Galliard School in Enfield!

At the beginning of July I had a wonderful afternoon and early evening at Galliard School in Enfield. I was there to deliver two types of workshops - one for Gifted and talented children picked from every year 3 - 6, and then a second workshop that was a drop in session for parents and children to come and make art and learnt together. Both were using sticky backed plastic. The first one was for the children to make a townscape. They had been working on the themes of European cities, so I thought to make an imagines townscape based on what they had looked at and seen would be ideal. The workshop was part of a whole school art event where all walls and display areas were filled with art made across the school. Its a big school and so utterly wonderful to see so much good and broad ranging art.

 I prepped up covered MDF boards in simple areas of coloured vinyl to vaguely depict sky, water, town, park etc. The children then had the freedom to cut the shapes they wanted to directly from the sticky vinyl. I didn't direct them much at all. There was a distinct gender bias - the boys naturally worked together and produced images of rockets and robots and things with wings! whilst the girls made images like butterflies, ladybirds and birds. All the children got absorbed into what they were making and found cutting the plastic very easy as they had had stickers from an early age. I loved the results!

Here is what they produced for sessions. The feedback was that the students loved doing it, were wholly engaged and the staff were very pleased with the results, especially with the engagement of everyone and that the murals can be used outside, so had long term effect too.

It was a fab day and wonderful children and school.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Free event this Sunday - all ages welcome!

 to make a sticky backed plastic collage mural!

The Rotary Club Letchworth is organising "The Big Lunch" in Howard Gardens, Letchworth on Sunday the 1st June. I will be there from 1-3 to make a big sticky backed plastic mural from precut shapes and layers of vinyl - depicting a garden path full of flowers and colour! It's a free event so please do drop in and come and help me make the mural...it will be used at this years Rhythms of the World in Hitchin.... to read more about what's happening on Sunday read HERE.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Hoos Kids Book Fest, Luton Hoo - great big sticky backed plastic collage!

On Sunday 11th May I took part in Hoos Kids Book Fest at Luton HooWalled Garden, just outside Luton. There were lots of children's authors there, and illustrators too, so it was full of lots of chattering and stories and very happy kids!  I was there to make a great big sticky vinyl collage - a colour tree - made on a big piece of plywood. It was the biggest thing I have tried on my new technique of working with sign writers sticky plastic/vinyl. Its a wonderful medium - a peel off back means its clean and easy to stick for all ages and also can be cut into any shape. You would think it too fiddly for little ones, but actually it wasn't at all - kids are very used to stickers! and older grandparents helped the very young children. Everyone loved the feeling of the sticking down, the freedom and the boldness of it, and the peeling off meant people had a little time to think about where they were going to stick their shapes.

This piece was meant to be very collaborative, all ages involved and it worked fantastically well. I precut leaf and flower shapes and had them ready in a shoe box so that people could just choose and stick where ever they wanted to. I  got the trunk covered so that there was some clear space, but the rest was free for a blaze of colour!

The finished piece just looked so wonderful - so full of colour. A MASSIVE thank you to Character Signs in Stevenage for donating the plastic for me to use for this free drop in event.

Setting up on the morning and getting the base ready with strips of red and blue vinyl....

It was quiet at 10.30.....

......and got busier....

All ages had a go at sticking - little tots as young as 2 - up to some grandparents in their 80's!

As the day progressed the tree of colour became just that - full of vibrant, joyful colour!

A close-up, with a little mouse I added....

A few children improvised with the precut shapes... can you see the cat?

The tree as it appeared on top of the table.....

The finished tree of colour!!! 6'x3' of sticky vinyl loveliness!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Adult and Student one day workshop - Stratton Upper School Arts Weekend

In February this year I ran a one day adult/student paper cutting workshop at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade, Beds. The workshop was part of a two day arts weekend that current students attended as well as members of the public from the surrounding areas. Some students came with family members to learn together. I did an extended talk through my work and processes and the rest of the workshop was spent teaching the techniques I use and applying them to individual pieces so that by the end of the day students and adults had a wadge of art to take home with them. Here was some beautiful art made on the day. I stupidly took pictures upside down! but you will get a taster of the work that was created.

My work laid out for people to see and feel....

Cut text piece

Beautiful peacock feather!

Pop Up Festival of Stories - working with James Mayhew and Clara Vulliamy

More updating of this blog! Here are some photos from the Pop-Up Festival of Stories that I took part in with James Mayhew and Clara Vulliamy back in 2012.  It seems a long time ago, but we had a great day and lots of wonderful memories. Set just in the covered areas outside Kings Cross and Central St. Martins' College, the day was a run of different art events. James did story telling and a large painting with the visiting children, whilst Clara made a large collage too. I did a small talk and demonstration cutting faces into paper, as well as running drop in sessions to make paper dragons and free cut paper faces. I am not used to working with a microphone! It was a little daunting at first! but it was lovely to see the children's faces when I revealed the paper faces unfolded! It was such a lovely day, and my biggest festival type event that I have worked at, so it was quite a day!


Paper faces and a textiles angel altar frontal at St. Francis College

In January last year I worked at St. Francis College in Letchworth Garden City.  I worked with lots of pupils, ranging from Year 6 girls up to the Upper Sixth. These photos are from the workshops I ran getting the students to have a go at paper face free cutting, as well as examples of the textiles work I developed with Year 10 over several weeks. They each made an angel head by using layers of silk bonded onto calico with Bondaweb. After that they made printing blocks from mount card and printed these onto the surface of the bonded fabrics. Additional detailing was done with embroidery and pen drawing. I sewed all the pieces together to form an algel altar frontal that was in place in time for the Christmas season at the end of 2013.