designer profile

My work crosses the boundaries between art and engineering, and combines sculpture, lighting design and electrical installation. By blending an artistic background with technical skill, I provide a comprehensive service from design right through to installation, saving clients time, money and stress.

After working in London for 6 years in sales and PR, including for the interiors company Fox Linton, I decided to move to Cornwall to study Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University. It was here that I discovered my passion for working with light and I made a series of sound and light installations for my degree show, achieving a First Class BA (Hons) degree. Upon graduating, I was frustrated by my lack of technical skills and decided to train as an electrician. I worked full time for several years rewiring houses, lighting gardens and undertaking electrical testing, alongside residential lighting design. I went on to gain the Advanced Lighting Design Certificates (Interior, Exterior and Light Measurement), awarded by the Lighting Industry Association.

This unique mix of skills gives me the expertise needed to approach every individual project with solutions that are not only beautiful, but also practical and sustainable.

With experience of working on residential, commercial, and public projects, my business encompasses every aspect of lighting design, be it interior or exterior, large or small. I also make sculpture, both to commission and for exhibitions and have exhibited in London and Cornwall, including at The Eden Project.

Working across the UK, some of my recent notable commercial and public projects include: Jubilee Warehouse, a BREEAM excellent warehouse renovation; the Brain of Brian Office Barge; Muddy Beach Restaurant; the Enys Family Archive exhibition at Penryn Museum; Trebah Kitchen café; Penny Saunders' 'Restless Temple', at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, and James Turrell's Skyspaces in Cornwall and Northumberland. I have also worked on numerous residential projects.

I am a fully qualified electrician (18th Edition) and in 2011, I represented the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) at a Parliamentary Reception and on Sky News, as part of their Jobs for the Girls campaign, which aims to encourage more women into the electrical industry.

I also lecture at Falmouth University and have spoken to a wide variety of audiences including school children, an NICEIC media event in London and at the launch of the lighting for the James Turrell skyspace in Kielder, Northumberland.

My aim is to design lighting that transforms its environment and has a positive impact on the community that uses the space and is far beyond the simply functional.

AWARDS:

Nominated by the NICEIC for the 'Outstanding Woman in Construction' Award, 2013

Runner Up of the Holophane David Currie Award for best student of the year for the Lighting Industry Association Advanced Certificate Course, 2012

Shortlisted for the South West Regional Final of the Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards, 2012

Nominated for the Unlocking Cornish Potential 'Exciting Future' Business Award, 2011

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIp:

MSLL – Member of the Society of Light and Lighting