There is nothing quite like cutting into a piece of paper. It gives up its shape straight away. Each piece taken out makes the image rise from the surface. Its very meditative and yet thrilling too.......

I grew up in Wiltshire, in a village near Salisbury. I am embedded in the chalk there as my whole family comes from the area, in a long line of people that make things and mend things from cobblers, to sawyers and grooms. Mine was a childhood of tree climbing, bike rides and drawing a lot. My father brought me up as my mother died when I was five, so we explored all over the place finding country churches and museums, or simply woods to walk through and be in. So I still do those things now - curiosity leading the way to see what's over the hill and round the bend.....

The journey so far........

It’s taken me a bit of time to get to specialising in cut paper. It’s been a bit of a wiggly journey down a corridor where I tried different doors to see which room fitted. There have been a few blind alleys, dead ends and rooms that lead onto rooms. It all makes for a rich and interesting life!

I trained originally as a Carpet and Rug designer on the UK’s only degree course for Carpet and Related Textiles Design at Kidderminster College/Wolverhampton University. I won the New Designers Award for Floorcovering and went on to have a rug collection at the Contemporary Textile Gallery in Soho and making rugs to commission. I cut my design teeth by designing for yachts, fabrics and stationery - had an agent, exhibited at galleries, made blinds and started to run workshops for children at my local museum. For a bit I thought ecclesiastical textiles were the answer and worked under Jane Lemon for The Sarum Group making Japanese braids for Sherbourne Abbey frontals and vestments. I made banners for community groups and was commissioned to make a large hanging for St. Botolph’s church, Aldgate. I tried all sorts of media too – from papier mache, stencilling, embroidery and general collage. I was always looking for a really flat edge and a refined line and never really found it.

All of a sudden the penny dropped.

I knew about traditional Polish Wycianki papercutting, German Scherenschnitte and Chinese folk papercutting but then I saw the papercutting art of Rob Ryan and Peter Callesen and was blown away. I looked at the stencils I was making and realised I liked the stencils rather than the effect made on the fabric! The paper was the thing... hurrah!

So in 2008 I bought a pad of black paper, got fresh blades for my father’s old Swann Morten scalpel handle and started to make simple papercuts out of a single piece of paper. A lot has changed since then... I have found ways of adding paper and the images I make are much more complex and layered in depth and meaning. And I have been really lucky to have had my work all that time exhibited at Byard Art in Cambridge, making it possible to capture in cut paper all those places and spaces........the funny thing is that I have started to cut stencils again and push paint through them. And so the journey continues!



EXHIBITIONS

2019

Upper Broughton Art Show, Leicestershire - 12/13 Oct

Belvoir Angels - Pollywhistle and Vanessa Stone - The Old Sorting House, Bottesford - 4 & 5th Oct

Slice of North Hertfordshire - North Herts Museum, Hitchin - Aug - Sept

Along Your Street (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge - May to June

Still Life (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge - March to April

Winter Exhibition (mixed) - The Art Nest, Hitchin - Nov 2018 to Feb

2018

Cambridge Art Fair - Quy Mill, Cambridge

Along Your Street (mixed) - Byard Art

Christmas Cracker - Byard Art


2017

Letters to Letchworth (solo) – Broadway Gallery, Letchworth

Cambridge Art Book (solo) – Cambridge Art Fair


2016

Cutting the Curve (solo show) - Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge

Down Your Street (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge

Bedfordshire & Beyond (solo show) - Xhibit @ Priory House, Central Bedfordshire Council


2015

Slice of Life (solo) -Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

Views and Shoes (solo)- Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering


2014

Eastern Approaches (mixed) - Museum of St. Albans,Hertfordshire

Art for Lovers (solo) - A&K Wilson Gallery, Harpenden,Hertfordshire

Summer Show (mixed)- Byard Art, Cambridge

Dot To Dot Gallery ( solo) - Letchworth,Hertfordshire

Christmas Cracker (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge


2013

Writing on the Wall (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge

Summer Stories (solo) - Letchworth Art Centre, Hertfordshire


2012

Artisan (mixed ) - Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Christmas Cracker (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge

A Paper Garden City (solo) - Letchworth Art Centre,Hertfordshire

Affordable Art Fair (mixed) - Hampstead, London

Affordable Art Fair (mixed) - Battersea, London

Alphabet (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge

Jubilee (mixed)- Byard Art, Cambridge

Affordable Art Fair - Byard Art stand

East Anglia Revealed - Byard Art, Cambridge


2011

Affordable Art Fair (mixed) - Battersea, London

Capturing Cambridge (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge

Christmas Cracker (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge


2010

Of my Head and my Heart (solo) - Letchworth Art Centre

Christmas Cracker (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge


2009

Affordable Art Fair (mixed) - Battersea Park, London

Lannock Art Festival (mixed) - Weston,Hertfordshire

People, Paper, Prayers (solo) - Central Methodist Church, Letchworth Creatures of the Soul and of the Earth (solo) - Letchworth Art Centre

Summer Show (mixed)- Byard Art, Cambridge


2008

Spring Affordable Art Fair (mixed)- Battersea Park, London

Your body and my Body (solo) - Hitchin Museum,Hertfordshire

Drawing with a Knife (solo) - Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery

Paper, Scissors, Stone (solo) - Garden City Heritage Museum, Letchworth,Hertfordshire

Paper Trail - Byard Art, Cambridge


2007

Angels, Saints and Dancers (solo) - solo show, Letchworth Art Centre

Knowing Bodies (solo) - Letchworth Art Centre

Being alive (solo) - Letchworth Art Centre, Hertfordshire

Christmas Cracker (mixed) - Byard Art, Cambridge