It is intentional that when viewing my work that the method used is not instantly obvious. At first glance it is often assumed that I have used paint and only on closer inspection does it become apparent that the piece consists entirely of ripped and cut magazines. The intention is to challenge our perceptions. Highlighting how small changes in our methods and materials can enhance our work while reducing impact.
I purposely depict precious moments in time, capturing in essence my main drive in pursuing environmentally friendly practices. What is precious to us is worth protecting and the greatest motivation is working for the those we love.
I hope to inspire others to reassess their practices and look at what small changes they could make to reduce their own impact.
I am continually looking at ways to further improve my methods and work closely with others to source materials and garner inspiration.
I was introduced to this technique at art college in 1994 when I was asked to collage a still life using newspapers. I loved the effect and have repeatedly returned to it.
While studying for my degree in Applied Arts at the University of Derby I specialised in reclaimed metal and my love of upcycling was born.
In 2007 I started Trash Revamp with fellow upcyclers, a networking group for artists and crafters who use reclaimed, recycled & waste products in their creations. We had an exhibition to promote the group and this marked the turning point in my artwork. I created two magazine collages, 'Rainy Day' & 'Starry Night' both of which sold. I really enjoyed creating these pieces, I was hooked!
It was with fellow Trash Revamper Charlotte Rhoades that I officially launched EcoCreate in March 2014, I had been blogging using this name for a while and slowly building up a directory of eco friendly suppliers and makers. Charlotte came on board along side the addition of our marketplace and helped turn EcoCreate into the thriving network it is today.