I am 36 year old working class disabled artist based in Sunderland. I have worked in the North East designing and delivering projects since 2010. I work with many different types of groups of people including autistic, learning disabled, women, ethnic minorities, mental health illnesses, and other disabilities. I work with youth groups and dementia groups. My style is approachable and fun. With a significant amount of emphasis on making space for everyone’s voice.
I use cyanotype process in several different ways. The chemistry is very versatile so allows for many different modes of expression. Cyanotype can be used in the following ways:
- printing in the sunshine using found objects from the location
- printing directly onto found objects and stones
- printing on to fabric for flags, bunting, or banners.
- creating individual prints
- using prints to make paper sculptures
- printing indoors using lamps
- printing their own digital photos as analogue images
- cyanomation – cyanotype animation
- interventions and installations
- books and zines
- Art trails
- Print on glass or ceramics
Outdoors sessions allow for the art to be made in and of the landscape, and it helps to show that art does not have to be confined to a classroom or desk.
Digital photography can be used in a number of ways:
- walks in the landscape
- still life
- to create digital negs for other processes
Walking and talking about an area with a few simple photographic challenges can help participants to view the area in new ways. Collecting objects from the landscape (safely) can then be used to create images. Digital photography can be produced as prints, slideshows, zines or small publications. Any digital photograph can be reproduced in a number of ways.
Pinhole photography involves building a darkroom environment. This might be in a cupboard, toilet, windowless room, or in a tent. Pinhole photography can be done using a single shot process with hand built cameras.
- build a camera
- build a darkroom
- take considered photographs
- use chemistry
- discipline with timings and confidence to do something new
Unfixed Lumens and Solargraphs
No need for a darkroom. Needs light and patience. Also needs a scanner as the work is transient.
- build a simple camera
- take a photograph across 2 months
- unfixed lumens made with found objects from the site
Instant film can allow for a quick personal response. Workshops consist of:
- taking an instant photograph
- creating art around the photograph
- adding a haiku
- doing an emulsion lift
Moving image, animation, and filmmaking
Working with moving image is excellent fun. Simple stop motion animation, through to documentary. I have kit that people can use, but also encourage the use of smartphones.
In person, on zoom or by post. Or all of the above. Workshops in classrooms, on beaches, in forest, on trains. Where ever possible.
Long exposure shots and light drawings. Explore the landscape by adding light, or by taking longer exposures. This is fun, a be energetic, and works well with groups. Needs cameras, tripods, warm clothes, drinking water and torches.
Exhibitions, commissions, projects
Animation, filmmaking, time lapse, moving image, fine art, printmaking, zines, drama, production… I do it all!