After leaving a career as a BBC producer I trained as an illustrator and was awarded an MA in illustration by Kingston University in 2008. Since then I have been evolving techniques in paper art – paper cutting, collage and 3D paper sculpture – alongside developing my skills in illustration.
My work is commissioned for public installations, design and decoration, books, websites and magazines, and for unique bespoke gifts. I currently have three published books – The Art of Papercutting, Tangle Wood and Tangle Bay – and a fourth will be available later in 2016. All are published by Search Press.
I am a visiting artist at major galleries and museums including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Wallace Collection, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Holburne Museum in Bath, the Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham, the Arnolfini and the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, and Southampton City Art Gallery. I am also a Bristol Drawing School Tutor.
If you would like to talk about commissioning me to create a piece of art or to exhibit at an event please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I make paper objects by cutting with a scalpel knife but also by folding, crumpling, crushing, layering or by using papier-mache techniques. Paper comes in infinite textures, weights and colours and I choose carefully depending on the nature of the project and the techniques I’m going to apply.
I make story-telling images with strong figurative and character elements, humour and lots of movement. I am inspired by the natural world – shells, seed heads, wild flowers, fossils – fabric design, stained glass windows, tapestries, fairy tales and folklore and historic artefacts.
The Art of Papercutting illustrates the multitude of ways in which a knife can be used for creating cut-paper art in portraits, fashion, landscapes, illustration and covers - even life drawing. The book also provides guidance for would-be paper cutters and includes twelve templates.
As an alternative way for people to find their inner artist, Search Press have also published my first colouring book for grown-ups, Tangle Wood. Tangle Wood is a place to let your imagination wander. Draw and doodle in the airy spaces, and colour to your heart’s content. Packed with 75 pages of my illustrations, Tangle Wood is full of forest creatures, plants and woodland flowers and each page contains a hidden jewel.
The images in Tangle Bay all have a magical maritime theme, and each one includes hidden treasure worked into the design for readers to discover and colour in. Like Tangle Wood, this book includes designs that fit on a single page as well as those that extend across a double-page spread. Some have space left for the reader to extend the design themselves. High quality paper means that there is no show-through.
Get in contact with me (email@example.com/01225-284598) and let me know what you have in mind. I’ll suggest options and possible costs.
I’ll make some rough sketches for you. If you’re happy with the suggested design I’ll give you a firm quote and agree timescales and payment arrangements with you.
I’ll let you have a detailed drawing. There’s still time to make alterations to the design if you change your mind about something in the picture.
I’ll complete the art piece and deliver it to you. A very happy beneficiary!
The wonderful Shepherds paper emporium is offering a special 20% summer discount off their normal fee if you book a place on my papercutting workshop this coming Saturday, 11 June.
Beginner? Expert? Come along and enjoy a lovely day of cutting and sticking!
Thank you to everyone who visited the Forest of Imagination last weekend and saw all the real and imagined trees in and around Bath Abbey.
I’m delighted to say that my Tyntesfield Honesty Tree is being replanted very nearby at the Abbey Hotel in Bath. So you can catch it there if you haven’t had a chance to see it already.
Join me at The Edge to build a collection of drawings, over 5 weeks. We have a life model. We’ll take a contour drawing approach to life drawing using a knife or scissors alongside traditional drawing tools.