Mission statement/ statement of intent
As the world moves forward, into an unknown future, where resources are thinning and money getting hard to come by, now is the time to make changes, learn to adapt and live more sustainable.
"I hate waste and love art."
I have found my place where I can put this negative and this positive together and make productive change. Becoming environmentally conscientious is the first step. And through my practise of restoration I hope to discover the many ways of not only helping our environment, but also merging the close connection of art and design with furniture.
To repurpose, reuse/ recycle is the main focus here, crossed with my extreme passion of preserving our history and objects from the past, I hope to convey just how essential it is to restore and reuse items such as furniture.
I have a long history in Arts and Visual Cultures, coming from a Fine-art background and also many various skilled positions in manufacturing and production. In my early twenties I found myself drawn towards the commercial side of making art and how I can implement my skills to pursue a career in the Arts and so I decided to take the direction of Graphic Design.
I studied at the University of the West of England (UWE), and was awarded a first class Honours in Graphic Design on completion of the Degree.
During this time, I directed my interest mainly with the physical side of making art and played around with the concepts of crossing and merging multiple practises. This is where I found how I could work with furniture and Graphic Design together and explore new creative pathways through both mediums.
After University, I was determined to follow restoration as my chosen avenue of design and so began a course in Traditional Upholstery in a training centre along the old industrial setting of the River Avon, Bristol.
This is where I discovered where many of my passions and interests collided;
art and design, hands-on practical work, old furniture and my love since a child of sewing.
Since then, I have moved overseas to my new place of residence Melbourne, Australia. Where I continue to share my passions, run my practise showing people about the connections between restoration, sustainability and art.