Textile Artist

Between 1998 and 2001 I started to develop an interest in textiles alongside my work as a musician.

I trained in industrial production of garments at First Fruit, a Social Enterprise in East London. My job included pattern cutting, machine sewing, machine embroidery and finishing. I helped to develop an accredited training scheme in Industrial Clothing Production and Apprenticeship training at the workshop

In 1999 I illustrated a series of Newham Readers books by Kate Routley and completed a course at Newham College in Silk Screen printing.

From 2003 to 2008 I managed a screen printing project for First Fruit and ran it as a small business using the college facilities. We had several commissions, including one from Richard House Children's Hospice.

In 2004 I completed course at Sericol in Industrial Silk Screen Print processes.

In 2008 I joined ELTA as a participator on the Roman Alphabet project at St Barnabas.

In 2009 I started to run a group at Little Ilford Baptist Church for ELTA designing a Life of Christ Greek Alphabet hanging.

 2010   Noah's Ark Hebrew Alphabet with LIBC group

2012 -13 Completed Advanced Textiles Course at Morley College and worked with the following groups:

Malayalee Association  MAUK hanging

Garden Café embroidered hanging 

Sir John Heron School quilt

Map of Newham quilt  LIBC Embroidery group.

The Noah's Ark quilt was commissioned by a private collector, and this was completed in September 2012.

ELTA exhibited at St Martin in the Fields  in May 2012

In 2013 I worked with the following groups:

Health by Design (Bengali marginalised women) at the Froud Centre, Aston Charities

Little Ilford Embroidery Group - Mustard Seed embroidered hanging with new textile techniques including raised embroidery and heat pressing.

Malayalee Association -  Kathakali embroidered hanging.

I also exhibited my own work at Prick Your Finger. This piece entitled 'A Picture of Greed' was exhibited as  part of an exhibition of paintings by Celia Ward at the Artworkers Guild.

       

 During 2014/15 I have been working with the following groups:

 St Barnabas Preschool; Brown Bear story quilt for use during the nursery sessions to illustrate the book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear Who do You See?

Essex School - story quilts

Jagonari Centre in Whitechapel (dressmaking)  the Malayalee Association, the Hibiscus Centre, Manor Park Library, Little Ilford School and Sir John Heron School.

McGrath Makers (adults with learning difficulties) embroidered dancing costume for Yan Tan Tethera, an exhibition at Cecil Sharp House curated by David Littler (Arts Council funded)

 Little  Ilford Embroidery Group needlelace, Bad Teeth hanging, Diabetes Dutch Still Life

 In 2015 ELTA exhibited at St Martin In The Fields and the Hellenic centre.

I have recently exhibited my own work as part of the Tod Und Sterben exhibition in Vienna, shown some more embroidered figures at Prick Your Finger and produced pieces for an exhibition at the Artworker's Guild.