History & CV

Brief history

I grew up in Huddersfield and was taught to knit by my grandmother, Gladys, when I was 5 or 6 years old. I developed a love for making my own clothes as a teenager, having been given an antique Singer sewing machine by my mum for my thirteenth birthday.

I studied BA Fashion Design with Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1998 to 2002. As part of my degree, I undertook a placement year within a company supplying knitwear to the high street. I then completed an MA in European Fashion and Textile Design (based jointly at Winchester School of Art, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and Institut Français de la Mode, Paris).

I moved to Herefordshire and launched Keep & Share in 2004. From 2005, I worked from a studio at Lugwardine Court, three miles from Hereford, until moving to Leeds in 2014.

Keep & Share: the first ten years

In August 2014, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Keep & Share, I produced a 16-page pamphlet in which I looked back at the development and evolution of my work. I gave a talk on the same subject, and had an exhibition showcasing the multiple strands of Keep & Share activity which have emerged over the past decade, at the fantastic London yarn shop, Prick Your Finger.

An interactive version of the pamphlet is available to download here. You can watch a video of my talk here.

Of course, there's plenty of detail that I couldn't fit in to the pamphlet and talk! Further information and images can be found on this website. Here's a handy guide:

Knitwear

Between 2004 and 2010 I produced twelve seasonal collections of knitwear, followed by a classic collection of enduring favourites. I now make pieces to order from the Keep & Share archive.

Go to the atelier to browse the full archive of around 150 designs; see the photos and descriptions for each collection here.

Workshops

From 2008 to 2014 I ran hand and machine knitting workshops at my studio in Herefordshire. Although I no longer run workshops, details are available in the workshop archive

Kits and patterns

For several years, I produced my own Offcuts Yarn, recycled from surplus industrial yarns, and hand knitting kits. I don't make the yarn and kits any more, but the patterns are still available to download, here

Activities and promotion

Over the years, I've taken part in many fairs, events, projects and exhibitions - read more about those in the activities archive.

A full archive of Keep & Share brochures and leaflets can be accessed here

Experimental work and participatory projects

From 2009, I started to create more conceptual and experimental work for exhibition, and run participatory projects in a range of settings. Browse the full archive of these making projects here.

In the media

My work has been discussed in books, magazines, websites and blogs - see a full list of over 150 items of media coverage here.

Research

Between 2010 and 2013, I undertook a full-time PhD, and in 2014 I joined the University of Leeds as Research Fellow in the School of Design. You can read more about my research activities here.

MA collection

The concept for Keep & Share emerged from my MA in 2002-3. Find out more about my MA collection here.

CV

If, for some reason, you'd like a summary of my history in a more formal format, you can download the latest version of my CV, below.

 

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