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I've always been attracted by the contrast of old and new, past and present, experience and innocence, antique and modern. And it is these contrasts that inspire my work. My furniture and textiles designs pay tribute to the past at the same time as envisioning the future. Drawing on aspects of cognitive science, my pieces persuade the brain and eye to connect and re-connect stimulating a progression of engagements that allow new forms to emerge.

For 2010, I have applied this concept to a new range of wall surfaces that combine the more traditional aspects of wallpaper design with visual and sensory theory to create something altogether new. My decorative wall surfaces will encourage the observer to construct their own visual experience, a subconscious impression at first but one which slowly ripens into awareness. What appears at first glance to be familiar, classic wallpaper patterning, transforms into imagery that is engaging and unexpected. Nothing is as it seems. Subtlety is key. Elegantly deviant in all forms.


Supported by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund