About

Whilst studying Printmaking, in 1998, on the MA Course at Camberwell College of Art, I began looking back on my childhood, and realised how familiar household artefacts helped me uncover childhood memories and family history. This journey of discovery was developed in my work, through photographic collages and 3d constructions.

My grandparents fled Poland and Russia in about 1915, to settle in the East End of London, where they set up a tailors workshop, to continue their trade. Reflecting on their lives, and family professions, brought up ideas about sewing and making. Remembering too, my Russian granny, that lived upstairs with us; the ‘sewing circles’ she regularly attended, and her much used sewing machine, has inspired me to make work in memory to them. I began to create paper patterns to use as templates, to form irons, sewing machines, scissors etc. These are sewn together using waxed coloured papers.

My fathers profession as a women’s hairdresser is reflected in my ‘hairdresser’ pieces. And with memories of dad’s tool shed, I have begun creating hairdressing ‘objects’, both real and imaginary, through amalgamating old workshop tools, hairdressers utensils, and paper forms.

Although constructing my sculptures largely out of paper, reflects my love of collage, and working in this medium, I am remembering, that although thought of as fragile and impermanent, paper can preserve family memories, and gave my grand-parents a life line, and safe passage out of Eastern Europe.

I began my working life as an Art Director in Advertising. Since then, my creative work has developed in many directions and mediums, often with graphic and drawn elements. Working in clay for several years, I created sculptural forms that expressed my own experiences and passions – my London life, travelling, and Arsenal, my supported football team. However, themes of family history, and ways of making, that begun on the MA Printmaking Course, have inspired me ever since.

Alongside my life of making, I have been teaching Art to adults for many years. Primarily at Camberwell College of Art, for 20 years, and for the last 12 years, at The City Lit, London.

I presently have a studio in Vanguard Court Studios, Camberwell, and have two sons.

Exhibitions

2017
Omnibus Gallery

Clapham – 2 person show with Ruth Dupre

2017
Something Borrowed
 Arthouse1, Bermondsy, Group Show

 

2016
Omnibus Gallery, Clapham, London

Exhibition inspired by Edward Lear

2016
The Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, London

Invited by Michael Glover, Art Critic

2015
Townhouse, Spitalfields, London

Group Show – Window display

2015
Ideas Store, Whitechapel, London

Solo Show

2014
Zetter Hotel, London

2 person show

2012
Tradition & Innovation – Five Decades of Harrow

Ceramics, Contemporary Applied Arts

2011
Rochester Art Gallery

Group show with Robert Cooper, Sarah Radstone, Kate Wickham, Annie Turner & Dan Kelly.

2008
Barrett Marsden Gallery

City Lit Ceramics Diploma, 20 years show

2002
Dangerous Corners

Cork Street, London

Rugby City Art Gallery

Commission and Show

2000
Royal West of England Academy

Print Exhibition, Bristol

Printmaking Exhibition

Ropewalk, North Lincolnshire

Form & Transfer

Drumcroon Education Art Centre, Wigan

A Taste of Pop

Staffordshire Arts – Touring Show

1999
Contemporary Print Show

Barbican Centre (Print Award)

1998
Postgraduate Printmaking, A Survey

Barbican, London

1997
Hats off to Hackney

Procession, commissioned hat, V&A Collection

1995
Galerie Vromans

Amsterdam, Holland

1994
The Tricycle Gallery

London

The Summer Show

Contemporary Fine Art, London

1993
The Crafts Council Collection

The Victoria & Albert Museum

1991
Handwerksmesse

Koblenz, Germany

1989
The Harrow Connection

The Crafts Council

1986
68-86

Oxford Gallery, Oxford

Top Office

Sculptural commission for Michael Peters, Graphic Designer – Business Design Centre, London

The Circus

Sunderland Arts Centre – Touring Show

1983
Terres

1983 ‘Terres’- Centre George Pompidou
Paris, France

Blond Fine Art Gallery
Contemporary Ceramics

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Opening Show

Aspects Gallery, London

Ring Exhibition

Aspects Gallery, touring to Galerie Spectrum, Munich and Willem Matter Gallery, Cologne, Germany

International Contemporary Art Fair

Olympia, London

Solo Shows

2015
Ideas Store

London

1986–87
Sunderland Arts Centre

Touring show to Cleveland Museum and Edinburgh Art Gallery

1984
Harvest Too Gallery

Public Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum

Contemporary Ceramics & 20th Century Hat Collection

Paisley Museum

Scotland

Royal Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh

Ulster Museum

Northern Ireland

The Crafts Council

London

Bedfordshire Education Authority

England

Artist in Residence

2011–2013
Un-Library

Hornsey Library, London

Teaching

2002–Present

The City Lit. Tutor co-ordinator

1985–94
BA Ceramics

Camberwell College of Art

1982–02
Foundation Course

Camberwell College of Art

Education

1996–98
MA Printmaking

Camberwell College of Art

1973–5
Ceramics Diploma

Harrow College of Art

1972–3
Ceramic Degree

Croydon College of Art transferred to Harrow College of Art

1966–7
Foundation Course

Hornsey College of Art