Gingerbread Block of Flats

Yesterday I went for a group interview to hopefully take part in a really exciting local arts project. I so hope I get a place as it will be making a piece of art communally with, about and for my local community…..Watch this space…

Another applicant Emily, was really into building gingerbread structures with and for other people, (we swapped numbers) and it reminded me of this piece I made for a group show back in 2002, a year after I graduated.

Gingerbread Block of Flats

Gingerbread Block of Flats 2002.

At the time I shared a damp and dank studio on the corner of Columbia Road, (long since redeveloped) with friends Lou and Rosie from art school and we opened up our space for our show, ‘Wild Animals I have Known’.

Gingerbread Block of Flats 4

I spent days designing and baking the block of flats, and assembled it the night before the show in the studio.

The next day, I had a phone call to say the block of flats had collapsed!……I rushed in and sure enough, although still standing, it had been raining outside and the damp in the studio was hanging in the air. All the sugar windows had melted and run out, taking the chewing gum balconies with them.

At first I was horrified, but then quickly I fell in love with this Dystopian landscape as the piece had ironically taken on a life of it’s own…… These are the ‘before’ pictures……I’ll post the ‘after’ pictures later….

GingerbreaddetailAnd here’s a link to another project I worked on a few years ago. For 3 months I was artist in residence (with 2 other artists in conjunction with Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships.) at 3 primary schools in Essex. The idea was to encourage learning of maths and English to children who struggled with either or both subjects, using art and cookery.

Gingerbread played a part here too as we learnt weights, measures, methods, then 2d to 3d structures, by turning gingerbread tiles into cubes. Pretty tricksy stuff to make with 7-8 year olds, but boy was I proud of them! 


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Hackney Wicked day two – New work

Green chairsSmall_8544Green Chairs 2014

Ravishing Darling 2014

Mixed media – digital  and analogue prints, found imagery and dead flowers.

Three new pieces of work I am showing again today at Hackney Wicked. Come and have a look today 12-6pm at Fish Island Labs, Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road, London E3 2NQ.

Also lots of film, installations and performances throughout the day, plus artists open studios, music, markets and more….

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Hackney WickEd Art Festival

20140717_JULY_8518From this evening and all weekend, here in Hackney Wick we are celebrating with the huge Hackney WickED Art Festival! Continue reading

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I had the idea for this neon piece years ago. I had it made this year.

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China December 2005

Shanghai 2005 and my first trip to China.

I’m looking back over past work…..

It’s 9 1/2 minutes long so sit back and watch slowly………

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Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House – Today is the day!

Dulwich Festival Artists' Open House - Today is the day!
Winnie’s Victoria Sponge Cake 2014 (cropped)
Black and white digital print, food colouring and pastel.

Here’s another piece of work that I’m exhibiting Continue reading

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Dulwich Festival Artists Open House

Trees Russia

Trees Russia 2014 - Black and white digital print, and pastel.Nun Mask 2014

Nun Mask 2014 (cropped) - Mixed media - Black and White digital print taken from glass Sicilian photographic plates, pastel, food colouring and found postcard.

The two pieces above are from a new body of ark work that I have mostly been working on in the past year, but they have been a over a decade in the making…. Continue reading

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Spelt Scones, in fact, Spelt and Wild Garlic Scones

Easy peasy.

Spelt and Wild Garlic Scones

First pick a handful of wild garlic leaves……worth the effort….usually I can find a few clumps of it in Wick Woodlands near where I live……OR today I spotted growing pots of it at Panzers …. not so wild…..

These are all spelt flour scones. I used white spelt flour, you could use wholemeal spelt flour too, but they will be heavier.

I used up some of the syrup from a jar of stem ginger I had, (gives the scones a gentle gingery flavour) but use honey if that’s what you’ve got.

Wild Garlic Scones

Wild Garlic Scones


At this time of year, in some urban woods near where I live, there’s a few clumps of wild garlic. Have a look round your neighbourhood……you never know….. See this from 2 years ago…. Continue reading

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