I have been a professional artist for over 35 years. I was born in London, but now live and work in Sheffield. I have a degree in Printed Textiles from Middlesex University but, until recent years, have worked principally as an illustrator. I have over 30 published picture books, 2 public murals and, since 2015, have been working with universities in the UK and Australia as a reportage-sketcher, drawing and painting ‘live’ alongside academic researchers. In 2016, a random opportunity led me back to textiles for the first time since graduation and sparked a new direction of work. I was fascinated by the ‘language’ of thread and fabric and have been creating hand-stitched, fine-art textiles ever since.
Collaborations & Residencies:
2018 / 2019: Pathways, Practices and Architectures
Multi-project residency with SATSU, York University.
2-month residency at the Centre for Transformative Work Design, University of Western Australia, Perth.
2017 / 2018: What is Knowledge?
Collaboration with philosopher Dr Phillip Nash, University of Sheffield.
2017: Urban Sketching into Textiles
1 month’s residency at Orchard Square, Sheffield Museums
2017: Dementia and Creativity
2-week residency, The Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester.
UCU conference, Brighton.
2015 / 2016: Unfolding Stories
10-month Leverhulme Trust residency, The Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester.
2-day residency, The Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester.
2016: Author / Illustrator, ‘Sketching People, an Urban Sketcher’s Guide’ (Search Press / Barrons).
2018: Heath, S and Chapman, L. ‘Observational sketching as method’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, published in online first format in July 2018.