Originally from the West of Ireland I now live in Wales. I have been interested in Photography since I was about 14. The first camera I used was a Kodak Brownie 127 and the first camera I owned was an Olympus OM10 when I was 16. I’ve always loved making ‘stuff’ and taking photos. As a child I also used to dabble with an old Underwood typewriter and write plays and other ramblings – I think I was about 10 (no more than 12) when I started using it. This has lead to a minor obsession with Typewriters – I have a small collection of 6 Typewriters.
My work is primarily Artists’ Books and Print (mainly Rubber Stamps). I have also used Photography in my Artists’ Books and Print Work. I started working in Print when I did my MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at UWE, Bristol. I did my first Bookbinding course at CFPR (Centre for Fine Print Research), UWE in 2006 and it quickly became an addiction. Making Artists Books satisfies my strong craft urges, while also allowing me to continue with Print and Photography. Another course in Rubber Stamp Carving (in 2010) lead to a secondary addiction. The process is very similar to Lino Printing but instead of cutting into lino you use a block of rubber and stamp the image by hand.
I started using Typewriters in my work in 2002 and eventually incorporated this into my Artists’ Books. My books When I Am An Old Lady and There’s No Such Thing As Seagulls were both Typed on a Silver-Reed Silverette (pictured above). It is the noisiest in my small collection of 6 Typewriters, but gives the finest imprint of text.
Since completing my MA I have continued to expand and develop my Printmaking skills by attending Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), UWE Bristol. I have also completed several Bookbinding courses at CFPR.
I have always had an interest in Birds and Wildlife, this was strengthened by an experience with an abandoned Gull Chick that I ended up raising about 15 years ago. Birds started to appear in my artwork and soon they were everywhere! My favourite Emily Dickinson poem “Hope is thing the with feathers” become both my motto and my mantra.
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