I am an artist, designer, lecturer and natural dye specialist.
As a lecturer and PhD researcher at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London, my research is concerned with clothing behaviours, localism, radical sustainability, collaboration and community resilience. Co-authored papers include ‘Residencies: mixed methods research investigating fashion through place’ and ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow: experimental socially engaged business’ (both to be published later this year) as well as ‘The Will and the Skill in Education for Sustainability’ (2017) and The Craft of Use Event: A Publication of the Local Wisdom Project (2014)
I am a partner of the design collective Here Today Here Tomorrow along with two other designers with backgrounds in the field of sustainable fashion: Anna-Maria Hesse and Julia Crew. Our fair trade fashion label is committed to ethical production, beautiful materials and contemporary design. View the current collection here.
My natural dye practice has focused on plant dyes as a local and ecological option with particular emphasis on those dyes which are seasonally available, foraged in urban settings or cast off from agriculture. This work has been featured in numerous UK publications including the recent book: Lost in London; Adventures in the City’s Wild Outdoors.
I previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London working on a variety of projects and including the Local Wisdom project, an international research project exploring satisfying and resourceful practices associated with using clothes and led by Professor Kate Fletcher.