Where did you train in your craft?
I started at Grennan Mill Craft College and then spent many years teaching in the community. Over the past ten years I have concentrated on my own practice. I attended MTU Crawford College of Art and Design receiving a degree in Contemporary Applied Art Textiles and a Masters of Arts by Research.
How do you start a piece?
I start with collected waste plastic. At the moment I am working with lids of containers. Images from hydrothermal vents inspire the form, coupled with ideas from researching this environment. The materials and ideas build together to grow into a piece.
© Mike Hannon
Why did you choose plastics as your material?
My time in Iceland highlighted how resources can be valued. There, wild berries are highly prized, fish skins are turned into valuable leather. Returning home, I realised that instead of working with a pristine material I could ‘re-value’ something that has been overlooked.
What makes you happy when you share your work?
I enjoy sharing my work with others, talking about the work is an important part of my practice. After I have given a talk or workshop, if I then see someone has been inspired to incorporate a waste material into their work, I feel hugely pleased. Sharing and inspiring others is a great feeling.