Moths to a Flame

Art and Energy Collective’s mass participation project Moths to a Flame won The Sustainability First People’s Choice Art Prize 2021!

Visitors to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens during COP26 were able to see 20,000 milk bottle moths and listen to messages and poetry with a climate emergency theme.

You can read more about my part in the project here:

1.5 Degrees of Concern showing at ‘Rule 42 Stretched Language’ exhibition at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, California

This month, 6 Nov to 3 Dec ’21, visitors to the Bonita Museum and Cultural Centre near San Diego can see an interactive art and sound installation, 1.5 Degrees of Concern, which I worked on in collaboration with Kristine Diekman, Professor of Art, Media and Design at California State University, and Lisa Mansfield, conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Part of the exhibition Rule 42: S t r e t c h e d  L a n g u a g e : Explorations into Visual and Mathematical Poetry, 1.5 Degrees of Concern is an international collaboration that embraces conversations between three women living on separate continents during global climate crises. The artwork is anchored by three modified or hacked books that incorporate interactive audio narratives which visitors access through exploring tactile interfaces which trigger the sounds through proximity. My contribution focusses on East Anglia’s changing coastline as sea level rises, with sound design referencing the 1953 North Sea flood disaster and more recent floods. Kristine’s narrative is set in a drought-ridden Southern California of 2053 and Lisa’s speculative narrative is set in an iced-over Australian desert in 2153.

Moths to a Flame – Redgrave and Lopham Fen

Lots of interest in the moths on display and conversations about climate change. Here are some pictures of moth-making activities for the installation in Glasgow Botanical Gardens.

Next sessions are:

Family drop-in Carlton Marshes Saturday 11th September  1.30 to 3.30pm 

Family drop-in  Lackford Lakes Sunday 12th September 10.30am to 12.30pm  

Family drop-in Holywells Park Ipswich Saturday morning 25th September – 10.30am – 12.30pm

Moths to a Flame

I’m excited to be starting a new project, Moths to a Flame, collaborating with Art and Energy, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Greater South East Energy Hub.

Moths to a Flame is a mass participation art installation organised by Art and Energy to engage thousands of people in creative activity and conversation inspired by our energy systems, relationship with nature, and the climate emergency. Find out more at

I will be leading workshops at Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserves to make hand-crafted and digital moths to add to the installation of 20000 moths in Glasgow’s botanic gardens to coincide with the COP26 conference.

Family drop-in Redgrave Fen Monday 30th August 11am to 1pm 

Family drop-in Carlton Marshes Saturday 11th September  1.30 to 3.30pm 

Family drop-in  Lackford Lakes Sunday 12th September 10.30am to 12.30pm  

Family drop-in Holywells Park Ipswich Saturday morning 25th September – 10.30am – 12.30pm

For more details of the events, which include looking at real moths from the nature reserves,  search Moths to a Flame on

Mike Davies Innovation Scholarship

I’m really excited to have been awarded the Mike Davies Innovation Scholarship for my project When We Touch Again.

When We Touch Again is a participatory art project promoting community and wellbeing through bringing students together online to create interactive glass objects which generate audio stories when touched.   It develops from my PhD research on crafting tactile interfaces using glass, conductive materials and electronics to trigger sound or video.

When We Touch Again is part of an international collaboration between myself and artists Kristine Diekman, Lisa Mansfield and Laura Nova working in the US, Mexico and Australia, facilitating international participants in story creation activities and crafting tangible interactive interfaces made from foraged glass, embroidered textiles, and conductive paints and threads.

Make Live project

I’m excited that after it was postponed due to Covid, I will be starting the first phase of Make Live, an interactive art project based on local heritage funded by EEGS. Before Christmas we’ll be kicking it off with ‘paper circuits’ with students at Roman Hill Primary School in Lowestoft and progressing to interactive paintings in the Spring.

GAS virtual conference

I am looking forward to attending the Glass Art Society’s (Virtual) Conference starting tomorrow, 21 -23 May 2020, taking place online instead of in Sweden, due to Covid. There are live demos and recorded presentations and panel discussions alongside online exhibitions. Events are free to join here GAS vituaI conference

I produced two of the video presentations, which are launched on 22 and 23 May. A short one about the development of my Jeopardy and Stateless Vessel artworks. (I was meant to present a research poster in Sweden, but was asked to produce a video version instead, which was an interesting challenge). The second video was for glass artist Angela Thwaites for her presentation ‘Miniature/monumental:Digital/physical approaches to cast glass sculpture’. Putting it together under lockdown conditions meant editing from video clips she sent from her phone and a soundtrack constructed of Zoom audio recordings. We were pleased with the result and it is faschinating to hear Angela talk about her processes and practice.