I’m an artist & designer living in Derby, in the middle of England, far too far from the sea. I was born in a blizzard on Easter Saturday, in the year of the Silver Jubilee, and brought up in the fields and woods of Essex before moving out to the mountainous heart of Snowdonia. I was always a bookish child, and one obsessed from an early age with stationery & art materials – I used to spend hours practising calligraphy and doodling monsters, though I had no patience for drawing landscapes or still lifes. I’m sure I was as much my art teacher’s despair as the class was mine.

I wrote, and still do sometimes (though I never mastered the englyn), and spent my formative years on theatre & farmyard work, on mountain walks, and in every single library and bookshop within twenty miles. I studied chemistry at university, and it’s left me with an all-pervading love of materials – how they’re structured, what we use them for, where they come from, and how I can make them do something entirely different and unexpected.

  • Joined: January 2016
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