MA Communication Design
Born in Hastings on the south coast I studied BA (Hons) Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts and graduated with a First Class degree. Since undertaking an MA in Communication Design I have been working as a freelance illustrator and exhibited in Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s Open Studios. I have also been designing sets for internationally renowned circus company Lost in Translation Circus at The Oak Circus Centre where I’m also studying and training to become an aerial rope artist and acrobat.
My research stems from my own awkwardness when interacting with a blind or visually impaired person. I have been investing perspective and the duality of experiences of those with sight and those without. My enquiry has shed light upon a community that I argue have long been misunderstood and forgotten. Through my work volunteering as a guide with the NNAB (Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind) I have undertaken ethnographic research methods, interviews and case studies of the clients, residents and staff at the charity. Having studied first-hand accounts of sight loss from Georgina Kleege and John Hull I have come to understand established social and historical misconceptions about the blind. My research has been collaborative and time spent working with participants from NNAB, whose words appear in my work, has dispelled these established misconceptions. Investigating the impact of recent austerity measures and cuts to social care has encouraged me to voice the stories of those affected.
The experiences of the visually impaired have guided me in my research. Echoing the way our eyes and brain process light, I have created this work by capturing light in these experimental photograms.
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