I am a designer, maker, researcher and activist specialising in knitting, participation, and sustainability.
I organise my diverse activities under the umbrella of my ‘slow fashion’ knitwear label, Keep & Share. Alongside my practice I’m studying for a PhD at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, entitled ‘Enabling Fashion Ownership through Material Intervention in Knitted Garments’.
I design collections of knitwear for men and women, which are all made on handpowered machinery in my Herefordshire studio. I also create hand knitting patterns, knitting kits and recycled yarn, and run weekend hand and machine knitting workshops. The Keep & Share range can be viewed at my website.
In recent years, my practice has developed to include participatory knitting projects and more conceptual pieces which explore the experience of making, and the versatility of the knitted structure. The purpose of this blog is to create a space in which to tell the world about these projects as they unfold.
I received the Crafts Council Development Award in 2005, and my iconic Gladys Cardi won the overall Products & Genius prize at the BDI, Industry & Genius Awards in 2007. In 2009 I was nominated for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition. I have exhibited and lectured widely, both nationally and internationally, and press coverage has included features in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, The Observer, The Telegraph, Fashion Theory, Fiberarts and Blueprint.