The Pink Shoe Lady


After studying Shoe Design (Fashion and Textiles) at Leicester Polytechnic I set up a studio collective The Camden Set with five other designers. I sold my hand printed garments in our Hyper Hyper and Kensington Market outlets and showing at Clothes Show Live. Eventually I donated my sample collection to the V&A Street Style exhibition and I began my art teaching career.
Twenty years after taking the degree, I returned to shoes as a motif for my paintings and found that 20th Century paper ephemera such as maps and newspapers supported my interest in creating memory boxes. These reflect domestic scenes of home and family, often related to the make and mend issues which were strongly observed in my family.
Sourcing and finding my collage materials is part of the journey of making. Assembling images out of their original context allows me to investigate association and cultural meaning. Fragments of vintage cloth and paper are worked into the painted texture of the canvas, with the curve of a stiletto shoe outline stencilled on the layers. Button detail and hand blocked text give a direction to each piece.
Starting to sell my work at school fetes led to the South East Open Studio scheme. I now regularly exhibit my work at contemporary art fairs and galleries, with a permanent collection at Wills Art Warehouse. After magazine features, much of my work is created on a commission basis.

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1958
1979 - 1980 Art Foundation Jacob Kramer, Leeds
1981 BA Hons. Fashion & Textiles Leicester Polytechnic
1981 - 1996 Fashion Designer The Camden Set Kensington Market and Hyper Hyper
Clothes Show Live
2003 PGCE Art


2001 South East Open Studios BACF
2002 South East Open Studios BACF
2003 South East Open Studios BACF Landmark Tangible Art Midland Grand
2004 Affordable Art Battersea Glasgow Bristol (at Wills' Art) Landmark Arts Centre
BACF Midland Grand Urban Interiors Business Design Centre Inspired Art
Truman's Brewery On the Wall (at CCA)
2005 Affordable Art Battersea Glasgow Bristol (at Wills' Art) Landmark Arts Centre
BACF Inspired Art