About me

InvictusI am a Welsh-born lettering artist and papermaker, now living in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. My work is a unique, highly personal response to text from varied sources that inspire me and is based on a love of words, combined with a passion for colour, texture and pattern.
I have explored lettering and the three-dimensional, using paper pulp, hand-made paper fragments, found objects, plastic mesh and wire to create textured effects. I have also made pieces combining lettering and gouache illustration and have explored stitched lettering on fabric. Sometimes words and quotations suggest their own visual imagery, while at other times textures and colours influence my choice of words.

I find inspiration in industrial landscapes and nature and in the concepts of time and decay. I am drawn to words and quotations which hint at the transience and vulnerability of life.

Biography

1998 - 2001 Part-time Advanced Training Scheme in Calligraphy run by
The Society of Scribes and Illuminators
2005
Accepted as a Member of The Makers' Guild in Wales
2007 Accepted as a Member of Peak District Artisans, Derbyshire
2009 Accepted as an ‘Emerge’ Member of The Design Factory, Lincolnshire
2013 Elected a Full Member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

Selected exhibitions

2002 Rufford Craft Centre, Notts
2004 Farfield Mill, Sedbergh
2006 Museum of Rural Life, Glastonbury
2006 Oriel Davies, Powys
2006 Second prize in the Welsh Artist of the Year Open Competition,
St David’s Hall, Cardiff
2008 / 2009 Derby City Open Art Competition
2010
The Arts Factory, Leeds City College, Keighley
2010
Guest Maker at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery
2011
Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset
2011
MOMA Wales
2011 ‘Gateway 2011‘ The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
2012 The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2012 / 2013
Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2012 / 2013 / 2014 The Great Dome Art Fair, Buxton
2013 / 2014
Derbyshire Open Arts, Chesterfield
2014 The Bank, Eye, Suffolk.
2014 'Art in the Round', Derby
2014 Derby Cathedral Centre
2014 St Michael with St Mary Parish Church, Melbourne, as part of the Melbourne Festival