1 Ton = 3000 Used Garments

Like birds and humans, garments also migrate from one country, region, or place to another. Starting their life as a plant for harvesting, followed by weaving and finishing, garment production, shipping and distribution. These 3000 garments have been intercepted allowing them to pause at St Margaret’s Church before they complete their journey abroad to new communities and trade. Arranged in a circle and linked by their sleeves the sculpture reflects the support and inclusion offered in the context of the Church.

Cley Contemporary Art 2019
Exhibition dates: 4th July - 4th August 2019.
I will be installing a sculpture at St Margaret’s Church, Holt Road, Cley, Norfolk, NR25 7TT, comprising of approx 1 ton of used garments.

St Margaret’s Church

St Margaret’s Church

Architectural Panel - Size 20

I assembled this small panel during Open Studios using ladies size 20 small neck labels. Once I had calculated the zigzag rise and fall it was relatively simple to pin out in black and pink to reflect Victorian architecture. For sale 30 x 30 cm.


Wells Art Contemporary

Thrilled to be selected for this International Visual Arts Competition. I will be installing ‘Sunday Best’ assembled from 10,000 used clothing labels. The Exhibition will be held at the historic Wells Cathedral, Somerset, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE. Open to the public: 20 July – 11 August 2019, 9am – 4.30pm daily. Private View on Friday 19 July 2019.

Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Peoples Prize

My work recently exhibited at THiNK has been awarded the Peoples Prize, a mini solo exhibition for two consecutive weekends early autumn 2019, including a Private View. Thank you to everyone who voted and attended the exhibition.

THiNK Meeting Rooms & Art Gallery, Cobden Place, Cobden Chambers, off Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2ED

Autumn Beauty 2019 With the underside of woven clothing labels and dressmaker pins on canvas 90 x 90 cm.

Autumn Beauty 2019
With the underside of woven clothing labels and dressmaker pins on canvas 90 x 90 cm.

Label Gallery

Collection of clothing labels since 1998.

My work with clothing labels began as a result of dissecting rag garments during site-specific research. It led to the on-going collection of labels as a source of materials from which I produce images and sometimes-sculptural objects. 10,000 of these labels are presented in Sunday Best, a 3 metre x 3 metre royal gown that continues to be exhibited nationally, and may be available on request. 

I store these found clothing labels in shoeboxes sorted by colour, size, woven, printed, overs and personalised names. The labels offer a glimpse of high street clothiers and outlets, many of the woven labels being replaced with a cheaper printed alternative. My collection is in the process of being photographed and will be available to view on my website soon.




Part of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios #NNOS19 25th May – 9th June 2019
Three windows exhibiting art made from 1000’s of clothing labels including Jane Austen portrait and Savile Row’s Merino Sheep at Wells-next-the-Sea. 

Three windows including: -

VENUE 1: Parker & Gillam Optician, 4-6 Shirehall Plain, Holt, NR25 6HT.
VENUE 2: Crabpot Books, High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea, NR25 7RN.
VENUE 3: Nomad & the Bowerbird, 19 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AG.

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Norwich Central Taster Exhibition 2019

The central taster exhibition for Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is at the Forum in Norwich NR2 1BH. The exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday 30 April to Sunday 5 May. I will be showing my ever popular Red Cow (Limited Edition Giclee Print) the original is made from red clothing labels which took five years to collect. The Ayrshire is both practical and pretty, with her smart red-and-white coat and world-quality milk. #NNOS19

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Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2019

Wells-next-the-Sea ART TRAIL

Dates 25, 26, 27 May, 1 & 2 June, 8 & 9 June. Also days in the week but check individual opening times.

Artists Joy PittsHazel AshleyCatherine Laura WardToby Newman click names to expand

  • Raffle ticket opportunity to win a limited edition print when you collect your trail map from Joy Pitts Studio, 12 High Street, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1EP.

Details From a quaint studio on East Quay to an old shop front and private studios, this trail offers traditional painting, printmaking, and contemporary textile art. Trail cuts through the town including Wells harbour and shops, approx. 1 mile on foot. #NNOS19

Contact 07899 792314

Get Involved

On Saturday 13th April 2019 Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, Nottingham have invited me to unpick labels from rag garments and I need your help. Please drop by the shop at 30-32 Goosegate, Nottingham NG1 1FF from 10:30am to join the event, all are welcome and unpickers will be provided.