Growing up spending summers travelling with a steam fairground has heavily influenced my practice as a traditional signwriter and fairground artist, thus the traditions and heritage of the fairground industry – the elaborate and visual typography, flamboyant colours and meticulous lines – is now reflected in both my commissions and my own practice.
Taught initially by Joby Carter, all my signwriting work is undertaken using traditional methods – by hand, using no tape nor digital assistance. Projects completed include restoration and paintwork commissions in the heritage, fairground and circus industries – including steam engines, living wagons and fairground rides – alongside the design and production of one-off bespoke signs, in collaboration with individuals and businesses. More recent freelance work can be seen here.
Work is undertaken either in-situ, across the country, or from my workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall and projects taken on are both large and small scale: from an individual painted letter to a fairground ride, from a morning of painting to a period stretching over a year! My method when producing the work is to remain in conversation with each client at every stage, adapting the work depending on their opinion and need. For an in-depth conversation concerning a project, budget and timeframe, please get in touch.
Alongside working to commission, my practice-based PhD is looking to re-establish identities of fairground females by constructing an archive of illustrated space, holding traditional signs and works on paper, which tell stories of the females lives. This study is informed by both my upbringing and experience of working as a female signwriter. My PhD is funded by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), who support excellence in British Craftsmanship, and commissions and exhibitions have recently been undertaken with them & The Royal Warrant Holders Association.
My work has been exhibited and printed internationally, including at the Yale Centre for British Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and in London galleries including: dalla Rosa, Guest Projects and APT. In connection with QEST, my work features in the publication ‘A Celebration of British Craft’, and with Giffords Circus my work has been photographed for Harpers Bazaar, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.