How did you become involved in artist’s books?
During an MA in Glass at
Sunderland University in 2008. I
struggled to find a context for the screen-printed enamelled glass I wanted to
make so I approached Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Library to which I
belonged. I asked the librarian if I could
do a self-commissioned residency and explore the history of the library, speak to members and interview staff. I made a series of enamelled glass books and
a chap Book.
What is the focus of your practice?
My work is always rooted
in printmaking and the multiple. I am
interested in using the process to engage directly with the public either
through collaborative work, focus groups, community art making and digital
connections. My work aims to be informative, have a message and sit in the
tradition of printmaking.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am making a series of Turkish map fold books to create an installation for an exhibition. It is part of a long term project I have delivered with settled Syrian families commissioned by BAIT, South East Northumberland. The work contains repeated images of some of the designs created by participants during art making sessions. It draws on conversations we had about colour, blends and hues.