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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My work has been discussed in books, magazines, websites and blogs - see a full list of over 150 items of media coverage here.
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.
The concept for Keep & Share emerged from my MA in 2002-3. Find out more about my MA collection here.
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.