A recent talk in Manchester about my practice was a great opportunity to look at the development of my work over the years. It reminded me of the key themes in my practice and how much the experiences I encounter, and the people I come into contact with impact my practice. It was also great to get feedback from those listening and I left with many more ideas to develop my work.
This year has been a challenging year, my first year out of education, working whilst continuing my practice, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. Carrying out commissions, running workshops, making work, selling work and working with others. Learning new skills, like filling out tax returns and trying to make work without the facilities and studio space university has to offer. These limitations led to new directions for my work. I have learnt pattern cutting and have started making a dress, which tells the stories of the women who worked in the Mills of Manchester.