Biography

 

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Feltlikeit was set up in 2008 as an identity for my own (at the time) predominantly felt based textile work. I started my career graduating with degree in Fine Art painting and developed an interest in feltmaking and stitch.My practice currently combines my research interests with drawing and fine art textiles. I have over 20 years of experience as a practitioner and I am a part-time lecturer on Creative Arts and Education Studies degree programmes in Lancashire.

Research Interests:
After completing an MA in Online and Distance Education I developed an interest in how technology can support and enhance creative and reflective processes, particularly through social media and dialogue. The PhD is an opportunity to continue to explore my own creative practice and observe the creative processes of others’. I am engaged in research into technology supported and enhanced reflective processes and want to contribute to defining methodologies that work for interdisciplinary research practice.

Practice Themes:
I am inspired by often quite mundane objects with an interest in our relationship to them, how they are used, and the context in which we view them. Sentiment, memory and nostalgia sometimes play a big part in my work, either through a personal attachment to the objects, or a constructed narrative.

The visual aesthetics of the objects and images I work with are really important and sometimes it is about finding the hidden beauty in the banal and everyday. By playing with interesting juxtapositions and making connections between seemingly disparate artifacts interesting qualities emerge.

Experiences and half recalled memories often inspire responses to objects and imagery the creative process often starts with photographs, the objects themselves and sketches. This ‘ideas research’ stage often involves revisiting existing work or developing unresolved pieces.

Research Experience

2015-16: Seeing Practice. A research project with creative arts undergraduate students which includes a resource and research blog for PhD research: https://seeingpracticeblog.wordpress.com/

2014 Residency as Hunterian Associate at The Hunterian Museum University of Glasgow. ‘Drawn Together: A conversation with the collection’. A digital auto-ethnographic research project documenting the creative process from drawing to final textile pieces: https://drawnconversation.wordpress.com/

2014-15 Heritage Lottery Fund (Awarded £10,000): WW1 Narratives of Transformation: Collaboration with Blackburn Museum. An interdisciplinary project between Art, Fashion, Textiles, Interiors, Photography and English Literature/Language students and staff

2014 Funding from University of Glasgow, School of Social Sciences Researcher Development Programme to design and deliver a series of workshops to other research students. The workshops introduced and provided support in the use of technology tools and social media tools as effective platforms for reflective practice.

Funding received for research proposal ‘Creating a Virtual and Personalised Learning Environment to support annual programme report’ from Changing the Learning Landscape JISC Initiative

2010 Research visit to Centre Sectoriel de Formation en Habillement Manouba, Tunisia with regard to a collaborative project in Support of the British Council ‘Skills for Employability Project’

1997 Research visit to New York to support final year extended dissertation ‘Curator as Collaborator’. Interviewed Sarah Botts, Guggenheim Museum, Fiona Hammer, Ward Nasse Gallery, Kent Lydecker, Metropolitan Museum and Shamim Momin, Whitney Philip Morris.

1997 Research interviews based in the UK to support final year extended dissertation ‘Curator as Collaborator’. Interviews with Caroline Bacon, Cecil Higgins Museum, Greg Hilty, Hayward Gallery, Teresa Gleadowe, Royal College of Art, Peter Wilson, Tate Gallery, Tony Fretton, Tony Fretton Architects.

1995 Research visit and assisted with the Fourth International Istanbul Biennale.

Conference Presentations

2016 Nordic Summer University Conference (winter session), Riga Latvia: Practicing Communities: Transformative societal strategies of artistic research How does artistic research transform society?

2015 Drawing Conversations symposium at Coventry University: Drawing Conversations: reflecting upon collective and collaborative drawing experiences

2015 Glasgow School of Art: FTC and Fashion Research Network. Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities.

2015 ‘Verbal Drawing’ Workshop: We All Draw: International Interdisciplinary Symposium London.

2015 Nordic Sumer University Conference, Lithuania ‘Crossing Contexts: interventions through artistic research’.

2014 University of Glasgow: Hunterian Associate Showcase: Drawn Together: A conversation with the collection

2014 UCBC Conference: Experience and Practice within College based HE ‘The rhizomatic studio space’

2014 OER14: building Communities of Open Practice The Centre for Life, Newcastle, (in collaboration with OCWC, Slovenia).

Making the Invisible Visible: https://oer14.oerconf.org/archive/14/oer14/63/view/index.html

2014 Scrutinising approaches…University of Huddersfield: Making the invisible visible: Using digital technologies to capture, recall and re-see the reflective process

2014 GLAD Group for Learning in Art and Design University of Sheffield
The Studio: Where Do We Learn? Where Do We Teach?

2013 UCBC Conference: Teaching by example and creating cultures of learning: digital tools and systems for reflection and personal planning in teaching and learning

SOLSTICE eLearning and CLT Conference 2013 ‘Forms of feedback: formative feedback through the social media and blogs’

2013 Liverpool Community College Teaching & Learning Research Conference

2012 Learning and Teaching Conference University Centre Blackburn College – ‘sharing and engaging others in good practice to enhance learning, teaching and assessment’

JISC RSC Northwest’s flagship Annual Event ‘Using Social Networking: more than engagement, a valuable research tool that fosters enquiry, collaboration and analytical thinking’

JISC Advance ‘Want your learners to be more independent? To think more critically?’,

Exhibitions & Creative Industry Experience

2015
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire ‘Their Story, Our Story: Responses to Blackburn and Darwen in the Great War’
Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow Explorathon 2015 European Researchers Night Glasgow
University Centre Exhibition, Blackburn. Work from The Hunterian Museum Residency: Drawn Together A Conversation with the Collection

2014
Exhibition at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire ‘Their Story, Our Story: Responses to Blackburn and Darwen in the Great War’

2011
Vibe Gallery, London – Endorsed by Women’s Art Library- Goldsmiths University of London.
Stewards Gallery, Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire

2009
Falkirk Gallery, Winter Warmth – Focus on Textiles, Falkirk
Platform Gallery, Lancashire and Yorkshire Textiles Open, Lancashire
ntAMa Gallery, Lancashire
WevArt Gallery, Lancashire

2008
Wrest Park Craft Show, Silsoe
Bromham Mill, Textiles and Painting, Bedfordshire
Advanced Feltmaking Course
Hatfield House, demonstrator for International Feltmakers Assoc. Living Crafts
Bromham Mill, Textiles and Painting, Bedfordshire
Beginners Feltmaking Course
International Feltmakers Assoc. Two day Felt Vessel/ Creative Ideas workshop

2007
Bedford School, Felt work, Bedford
Harrogate Embroidery and Stitch Show
Hatfield House, demonstrator for International Feltmakers Assoc. Living Crafts

2006
Bedford School, Paintings, Bedford,

1997
Russell and chapel, Tottenham court Road, London
Nuneaton Museum and Gallery & J Sainsbury’Installation/Intervention
Kings Manor School, Artist workshop, Southwick, West Sussex
Alison Turnbull, artists assistant installing exhibition
Wimbledon Library Gallery, ‘Here the Space’ exhibition, London

1996
Atlas Studio Space, ‘Mew’, Atlas Mews, Dalston, London
Byam Shaw School of Art, ‘Live Art’ exhibition, Archway, London
Richard Layzell, artists assistant documenting performance event
Richard Wentworth, artists assistant installing exhibition

Qualifications

The University of Glasgow 2013 – 2018 (expected): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education Research

The Open University 2012 – 2013: Masters of Arts in Online & Distance Education, Online & Distance Education

H800: Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates; processes of designing, implementing and evaluating, and become a creative and effective e-learning professional.

H808: The ELearning Professional; the major influences that shape the evolving practices of elearning professionals. In particular, the nature of professional practice and what it means to act as a professional in the context of an educational system in which elearning is an emergent and still somewhat controversial factor.

H809: Practice-based research in educational technology; research and evaluation skills in technology-rich environments, new methods of data collection and analysis, and the philosophical assumptions underlying educational enquiry.

The Open University 2005 – 2005: Post Graduate Certificate Humanities, Art History

Postgraduate foundation module in art history; methodological approaches, from biography and iconography to feminist art history and the ‘period eye’.

University of Cambridge 1998 – 1999: Post Graduate Certificate Education, Art & Design

Wimbledon School of Art 1994 – 1997: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Fine Art Painting, First

Bedford College 1993 – 1994: BTEC National Diploma Foundation Studies, Art and Design

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