I was born in England in 1954 and spent my early childhood in Zimbabwe, Africa. I returned to the UK at the age of 11.
Art was my passion at school, and this was the only subject I excelled in and enjoyed. Leaving school with a GCSE in art I went on to study at Uxbridge Technical college, Middlesex on a 2-year course in Window Dressing.
My first job was as an assistant in the Sanderson’s showrooms in Berners Street, London. My role was to help the public explore the extensive collection of fabrics. After a few years in this position, I went on to work as one of the window dressers at the famous London store, Fortnum and Mason’s.
I then embarked on a new career journey working at the newly established international design group called Pentagram. They were based in London near Paddington Station. My role was to be the office ‘Girl Friday’. This was pre internet and Google search days and I only had the use of a catalogue called Yellow Pages. This was my only means to research and source what was required by the many designers that worked at the studios. I loved working in this role as I had to learn to be resourceful and inventive.
It was a wonderful creative environment to be part of during the 1970’s, rubbing shoulders with the many visiting designers and artists who would visit to meet with the 5 very talented partners who had originally set up the business. Among them Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes, Alan Fletcher, Kenneth Grange and Mervin Kurlansky.
2008 – 2009
Aberystwyth School of Art Wales
MA in Fine Art with distinction
1996 – 1999
University of the Creative Arts Farnham Surrey
Fine Art Degree
1994 – 1995
BTEC Art and Design Foundation Course Epsom Surrey
Open College of Arts Diploma
Selected for months residency at Fundacion Valparaiso Almeria Spain