- ABOUT A -
A grew up spending summers travelling with a steam fairground and now splits her time between Cornwall - where she works from a converted butchers shop with blood on the floor - London and Norwich (her upbringing has instilled the feeling of enjoying being nomadic). She works as a traditional signwriter and fairground artist, is undertaking a practice-based PhD in which she is reestablishing identities of fairground women and lectures part-time at Norwich University of the Arts on the BA Illustration course.
She is heavily influenced by the traditions and heritage of the fairground industry and her work reflects that - the flamboyant colours and meticulous lines - both in commissions & her practice, which is working to construct an archive of illustrated space, in regard to reestablishing the identities of fairground women. Her PhD is funded by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), who support excellence in British Craftsmanship, & she has recently completed commissions with them & The Royal Warrant Holders Association.
As a signwriter & fairground artist A works using traditional methods - all work is undertaken by hand using no tape nor digital assistance - & she is available for restoration & paintwork commissions, alongside developing one-off designs in collaboration with you. Previous clients include: Giffords Circus, Fairgrounds - including Carters Steam Fair - & Preservation Societies in the West Country alongside creative studios across Cornwall. Her recent freelance work can be seen here.
In her own practice her interests include archives, and the role they play with artists, and she has recently completed a year-long collaborative residency in the archive at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, alongside her ongoing participation in the collective Cassiopeia. Her work has been shown internationally, including at the Yale Centre for British Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and has been printed in Harpers Bazaar. She has also exhibited internationally, including in San Fransisco, London, Nottingham and Cornwall.