Things I've done

Exhibitions

2016 Thinking Out Loudcurated by Alex McLean and Hannah Redler, Open Data Institute, London; The Future of Fixing, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

2015 Knit 1, Mend 1, Keep 1, Change 1, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset; Research Through Design 2015Microsoft Research, Cambridge

2014 Solo exhibition, Prick Your Finger, London; Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood (Visionary Knitwear display, curated by Sandy Black), Fashion & Textile Museum, London; Brave Fixed Worldpart of Łódź Design Festival, curated by Daniel Charny; Knitting NottinghamBonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University

2013 Traditional Twisted, Unit Twelve, Staffordshire; A3 WorksA3 Project Space, Birmingham

2012-3 Made in the Middle, mac, Birmingham and regional tour

2012 Installation at End of the Road festival, Dorset; WOW: wonder of wool and the art of knit and stitch, curated by Trevor Pitt, Gallery at Rheged, Penrith

2011 Solo exhibition, Prick Your Finger, London; Working Title, Aspex, Portsmouth; Knitted Engine exhibited at Lichfield Cathedral, part of Lichfield Festival

2010 Solo exhibition, Hereford College of Arts

2009 Craftwerk 2.0, curated by Clara Åhlvik and Otto von Busch, Jönköpings lans museum, Sweden; Recycled and Reused Clothing, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London

2008 Fashion for Sustainability, curated by Kate Fletcher, Garanti Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 Climate Cool, curated by [re]design, British Council touring exhibition, China; Contains, curated by [re]design, Newcastle city centre; The Artful Stitch, The Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Shrewsbury; New Traditions, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe; Sewn Up, display at the Zetter Hotel for London Design Festival

2006 Well Fashioned, curated by Becky Earley, Crafts Council Gallery, London and national tour

2005 Deconstruct: Reconstruct, Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton; solo exhibition, Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford

2003 MA exhibitions, Goethe Institut, Paris and Winchester School of Art

Invited talks and academic workshops

see also a list of peer-reviewed conference presentations here

2017 Presentation at Design Routes symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University

2015 Keynote provocation on 'Making, and Making a Difference', with David Gauntlett, at Research Through Design 2015'Platforms for Creativity' talk and workshop, with David Gauntlett, University of Dundee; talk and tutorials, MA Textiles, Royal College of Art; lunchtime talk, M&S Archive, Leeds; interactive exhibit (and overall project co-ordination), Curious Encounters, University of Leeds; presentation at Sonic Pattern Symposium, Sheffield [see video]; talk to BA Graphic Design students, Sheffield Hallam University

2014 TED (Textiles Environment Design) lecture, BA/MA Textiles, Chelsea College of Art & Design; talk to celebrate Keep & Share's 10 year anniversary, Prick Your Finger, London; presentation to BA Fashion students, Manchester Metropolitan University; presentation at Knitting History Forum Conference, London College of Fashion

2013 Collaborative knitting activity (and overall project co-ordination) at Creative Research Methods workshop, University of Westminster; lecture, Guests@Gray's, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen

2012 Presentation, Community-powered Digital Transformations in Learning workshop, University College London; seminar on sustainability and craft, BA students, Hereford College of Arts; presentation to MA students, Nottingham Trent University; individual tutorials, National Diploma Art & Design: Textiles, Hereford College of Arts

2011 Presentation to CraftNI Craft Exhibitions Group, Belfast; TED (Textiles Environment Design) lecture, BA/MA Textiles, Chelsea College of Art & Design; presentation, Rituals of Making Symposium, Hereford College of Arts

2010 Presentation on alternative selling, Meet the Professionals seminar, Designer-Maker West Midlands (also 2011); presentation, Hereford College of Arts; tutorials and workshops for textiles and sustainability project, BA Textile Design for Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan University

2009 Presentation, Craftwerk 2.0 exhibition, Jönköpings lans museum, Sweden; presentation, Association for Design and Advertising, Röhsska Museum, Sweden; professional practice talk, BA Textiles, Central St Martins College of Art & Design; visiting lecturer, Platform lecture series, Winchester School of Art; dematerialisation and systems workshop, MA Fashion and the Environment, London College of Fashion

2008 Presentation, Upcycling Textiles Symposium, Chelsea College of Art & Design; presentation and workshop, Fashion for Sustainability exhibition, Garanti Galeri, Istanbul; sustainable fashion and textiles workshop, BA students, Manchester Metropolitan University; case study presentation, Insight Out programme, Birmingham City University; guest speaker, Folly Arts Lectures, Hereford College of Arts; tutorials, National Diploma Art & Design: Textiles, Hereford College of Arts; lecture and tutorials, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: Fashion/Textiles, Swansea Metropolitan University

2007 Presentation, 100% Sustainable at 100% Design, London; presentation, Maintaining Products in Use seminar, EPSRC Network on Product Life Spans, Sheffield Hallam University; case study presentation, MA Media Enterprise, Birmingham City University

2006 Talk and guided tour, Well Fashioned exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester; eco-fashion debate with key stage 4, Well Fashioned exhibition, Portsmouth City Museum; Impact lecture series, BA/MA Textiles, Chelsea College of Art & Design; lecture, Sustainable Design & Alternative Design Pathways, Kingston University; lecture, BA Textiles & BA Textile Design for Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan University

Events

Craft, design and fashion events: Origin, the London Craft Fair (2006); Made in Clerkenwell (2006-2013); Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair (2005, 2011, 2013); h.Art: Herefordshire Art Week (2005-6, 2010-11); Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (2008, 2009); Handmade, Bath (2008); The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey (2007); Contemporary Textiles Fair, Landmark Arts Centre (2006); Clerkenwell Dressed (2005, 2007); Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair (2004, 2005); Independents' Boutique, Manchester (2004-5)

Knitting events: Woolfest (2011); Wonderwool Wales (2009, 2010); The Knitting & Stitching Show (2009, 2010)

Pop-up Travelling Store events: London (2009); Hereford, Nottingham, London (2007); London (2007)

Travelling Store/Knitting Tent at festivals: Latitude (2009-14); End of the Road (2010-13); Green Man (2006-11); Hay Festival (2009); Port Eliot (2012); Cornbury (2010); Summer Sundae (2009-10); Big Chill (2005-8)

Boutiques

Between 2005 and 2012, Keep & Share knitwear, kits and yarn were stocked in United Arrows (Japan); Lee Mathews Workroom (Australia); oddune.com (France); Tailorbird (Ledbury); Loop (London); Fonda/McQueen (Manchester); Whitworth Gallery Shop (Manchester); Eloise Grey/Upstairs at Purity (Farnham); Family Tree (London); Spin a Yarn (Devon); Small Gallery (Hereford); Oriel Myrddin Gallery (Carmarthen); Studio 108 (London); Fabrications (London); Abraham Moon (Guiseley); Super Knits (online); and Stitch Perfect (Birmingham). I also sold via Etsy and notonthehighstreet.com.

Projects, residencies and practical workshops

2015 Participant in live coding/craft experiment at Hack the City, Sheffield, by invitation of the Kairotic research project

2012 Generation Games, project working with Young at Heart craft group for mac, Birmingham

2011-12 Workshop facilitator, Craft Club training, organised by Crafts Council

2011 Apprenticeships in the Making action research project with Craftspace, Birmingham; residency for Working Title exhibition, Aspex, Portsmouth; residency, creating the Knitted Engine, BMW Plant Hams Hall for Lichfield Festival; crochet workshops, Lichfield Festival; Cast Away, project funded by Herefordshire Council Empty Shop Grant Scheme, Hereford

2010-11 'Buddy' for Crafts Council Hothouse scheme; workshops for Craftspace Collective and Curious About Craft?, Craftspace, Birmingham

2010 Stitch-hacking workshops at Prick Your Finger and Wonderwool Wales

2009 Machine knitting workshop at The Knitting & Stitching Show; 'Craft it Yourself' workshop at Craft Central, London

2004 Artist in Residence at Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford

Funding and awards

In 2005, I received the Crafts Council Development Award and a Keep & Share garment was acquired by the TED Materials Resource at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The following year, Keep & Share was listed as the no. 1 e-boutique in the Independent's '50 best'. In 2007 I received the overall Products & Genius prize at the BDI, Industry & Genius Awards (for the Gladys Cardi) and was selected for The Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry Summer School.

I was nominated for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition in 2009. In 2010 I received a BIAD Doctoral Award to fund my PhD; in 2012 I was commissioned by the Crafts Council to create a stitch-hacked piece for their Handling Collection, and received the Best Overall Exhibit award at the Made in the Middle exhibition.

I have also received funding from the Arts Council and Herefordshire Council, and a loan from the Prince's Trust.

Case studies

From 2014, Keep & Share is featured as a case study in the Open University's Design and Innovation degree qualification (Q61). The case study is part of a third level module, 'Innovation: designing for change' (T317), and appears within Unit 2, 'Design-led Innovation', part of Block 2, 'Sustainable Innovation'.

Teaching

In addition to the one-off talks listed above, I have taught fashion and textiles on a more regular basis, at Manchester Metropolitan University (2004-10: associate lecturer, BA Fashion Design and Technology, BA Textiles, BA Textile Design for Fashion) and University of Worcester (2008-10: module leader, textiles modules, BA Art & Design). While Artist in Residence at Royal National College for the Blind (2004-05) I ran weekly Recreational Art classes.

I am now a Senior Lecturer in Design, Culture and Context at Nottingham Trent University.