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I love drawing facial hair…
it has so many creative possibilities and gives me an opportunity to indulge in people watching. Different hairstyles give different personalities to similar features, and I’m always looking out for particularly good beards.

I experiment with mediums…
other than print, such as paper construction, embroidery, and book binding. I’m often to be found hiding my face behind a camera; in Turkey I did event and wedding photography, and extensively documented my various trips and experiences.

I lived in Turkey for three years…
and couldn’t speak a word of the language when I arrived. In Mersin, I found the accents particularly strong, so I ordered food by drawing pictures on napkins.

At my desk, inspiration is within arm’s reach…
as I’m surrounded by my favourite things; pebbles from a Turkish beach, wooden letterpress letters from Brighton’s Snooper’s paradise, a ceramic piece of toast by Charlotte Mei, and an array of cacti, to name but a few.

Away from my desk, I must confess…
I people-watch. I am curious about the world and it’s inhabitants, and I am inspired by all types of character (and hairstyle!). I use pattern, shape and line to visually express my ideas. My visual logic usually involves forms and connections. On the page, lines become patterns and patterns become shapes until I have a completed image.

The shelves of my bookcase…
can hardly take the weight of everything on them! I am an avid fan of picture books, comics and most things in between.

I’m modest by nature…
but achievements include: a BA(Hons) in visual communication from Loughborough University, winning two Product of the Month competitions run by Pedlars and seeing my (now sold-out) moustache mug for sale in Selfridge’s. I have experience of working both within art education and as a creative workshop leader for a number of schools.

 

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