As as a fashion designer/maker, my work is informed by my research, which includes psychological well-being. ‘Creative Style’ encompasses fashion styling, colour advice and design coaching. My wider role involves directing the Eden Valley Artistic Network and managing the western branch West Cumbrian Arts, so a variety of arts events/shows and shoots.
My previous role was as Programme leader of undergrad and postgrad Fashion and Contemporary Applied Arts courses. I validated fashion/textile courses from Shetland to Singapore. After working in France and the US, teaching and researching I settled back in the Cumbrian Lake District a World Heritage Site in the North of England.
I love re-working and customising clothing and using materials that would be otherwise wasted. Reuse is the basis of my story behind the which helps to reduce the waste clothing mountain.
Making is also a means of seeking calm in a stressful world. I am fuelled by my passion, the experiential learning within the making process. This was the subject of my PhD, where I uncovered a key to individual creativity through the reflective process. I believe that everyone can find their own peaceful creative flow in my workshops. This meditative approach is played out through all of my practice; stitching, 3D textiles, drawing, tango and creative coaching. My teaching has resulted in students achieving well-earned awards over many years.
Working freelance in such a broad area means it is good to talk with like-minded spirits. Always interested in new challenges so feel free to connect!