I am currently a resident at ‘Marketplace Studios’, Stockport - where I work as a freelance Illustrator and Animator. Alongside this I'm a part-time Graduate Teaching Assistant on the ‘Illustration with Animation’ course at Manchester School of Art. My practice focuses on illustrating, documenting and collating stories of independent venues: the people, places, histories, & their narratives. This began with my documentation of the renowned Manchester Northern Quarter’s ‘Night and Day café. Once fish and chip shop come jazz bar, to now eclectic and electric Manchester music venue. Through ongoing observational drawing plus interviews with the owner and promoter of the venue. I translated the history and voices of the venue into an illustrated publication, laser-cut characters (both small and life size!), plus a series of prints. This process of on location drawing then investigating, evolving and shaping into projects has been translated into other briefs. These include a mural for community project 'Open Spaces', publication for book shop Magma, & hoardings for the re-development 'Hilton House' in the Northern Quarter.
My illustrations are predominately constructed from cutting up and shaping tiny bits of paper - letting characters and objects evolve from this process. Essentially drawing with scissors! Alongside self publishing and murals, I create work for stockists & prints fairs. Taking inspiration jazz clubs, news articles, bars, music venues, book shops, sex shops! (Stockists listed below). I also design work for clients such as Paperchase, & Hallmark including; cards, paper cut animation, journals, diaries.
One half of @smallfrycollective www.smallfrycollective.com - Collective putting on creative and Musical Events
Currently shortlisted for the AOI's World Illustration Awards in partnership with the Directory of Illustration - in both 'Book' and 'Site Specific' Categories 2019 and work exhibited at Somerset House, London
Winner of Undergraduate Cass Art Sketchbook Prize of Manchester School of Art 2018.
Winner of Hallmark Studio Award New Designers 2018 (Week 2)
Animation Work Experience: ‘Clockwork Frog’ - Instantprint Ad & ‘Factory Create’ - Disney Club Penguin
Marketplace Studios - Stockport