According to my parents, I picked up my first pair of scissors aged two and a half, and began cutting out. Once I started I couldn't stop, and so began my life long love of making.

Following a BA (Hons) First Class in Fine Art/Textiles at Goldsmiths, I began to work in children's theatre. It was along this path that I discovered the art of puppetry, which was to become my true passion. Immediately captivated by the magic and possibilities of a puppet, I was drawn to create beings which lived and breathed in the hands of a puppeteer.

This led to me making puppets for theatre, festivals, immersive events, parades and more, from my current base in London.

Aside from commissions, my own work is an eclectic mix of ideas and materials, often sourced from trips to flea markets, where I love to search for curious objects. Fascinated by lost memories and fragments of former lives, I explore the possiblities of bringing together lost objects to create new characters and new beginnings. 

My inspiration comes from far and wide, from stories I hear, to people I meet. From folklore and fairytale, an upbringing in the country, bare feet on warm earthy paths, the patterns on my Nan's china; from childhood memories of a simpler life. A time when creativity flows without constraint and imagination knows no boundaries, a world to which we cannot return. 

Believing in a puppet means stepping into another world, one of awe and wonderment, where anything is possible. I seek to create the wonder, curiosity and magic of these worlds through all that I make.

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