I studied Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. Since graduating, I have been based in Manchester working as a freelance set & costume designer for both theatre & film and as a community artist facilitating projects & workshops in a variety of art forms. Following the birth of my children, I started to explore using my costume and prop skills in a craft context. After running doll-making workshops with women of non-British origin looking at costume & identity, I remembered how enjoyable it was to make toys.
Over the years, I have accumulated a large amount of discarded costumes & left over fabric that I used as a starting point for my designs. I made rabbits from a grey fleece sweatshirt & brown velour dress and sheep from fun-fur leftover from making Zulu leg-covers. A sci-fi show provided the silver leatherette for brooches & snowflakes. And so it goes on.
Crafty Wotnots is a collection of things I am inspired to make from the remnants in my studio. As I do new projects, I have new leftovers so who knows what will be next. I am keen to explore more textiles incorporating texture, print and found objects and using other recycled materials in my work.