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Coming from the rural seaside in West Wales, I moved to London to begin BA Design at Goldsmiths. Graduating with a First class honours with a spectacular finale show, displaying my project titled 'Grandmas Jumper'. 

 

Since graduating I have been privileged to work at Selfridges on the Windows team in creating some of the most spectacular window displays in the world.

My studio work has involved using my very own hand-made glass steam distilling kit and projects have varied from re-creating all the scents from a Victorian pub, sniffing out the Southbank Centre and Milan, and created workshops at Kensington Palace. 

 

In 2013 I started working at the Institute of Making as the Events Co-ordinator. My role involved curating extraordinary, entertaining yet educational events. These ranged from talks, masterclasses, research events, outreach events, corporate away days, factory tours and public open days. There have been nearly 350 events, with an approximate attendance of 12,000 people, with a high proportion of families and young people. 

My biggest achievement has been a five-day ‘Festival of Stuff ’ that attracted 2,000 people; which comprised of four days of bookable masterclasses from wooden whistle carving, chair caning, fabric dyeing, laminate wood forming, to wearable sensor and plant moisture sensor making. The festival culminated in an extravaganza of materials and making; the street outside was packed with a range of demonstrations and making activities. 

I was here for 3 and half years when I decided to move to Cardiff to be closer to family. 

I am now a freelance events manager working on lots of exciting projects all over the UK. 

Currently I am busy planning a making and materials based zone at this years Cheltenham Science Festival, called MakerShack. Come along from 6th - 11th June.

I am also coordinating the degree show for the BA Design course at Goldsmiths, University of London. Visit this from 16th - 19th June. 

Excitingly I am coordinating the events for an exciting research project, Hands of X. These events will be happening in Glasgow and several dates in London. 

I am a very organised and driven person. Being freelance allows me to manage my own time and be engaged with lots of exciting projects. I have recently moved to Cardiff to be closer to my family and to make more connections with my welsh heritage. I am passionate about all kinds of making and to ensure that no skills are endangered of becoming extinct. 

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