THE OTHER ART FAIR

Please join me at The Other Art Fair London at Victoria House & The College, Southampton Row, London. I will be exhibiting my Geometric prints well as my brand new Miami Pop series.


I am honoured to have been selected as one of 30 female artists to take part in a special presentation entitled Not 30%.  Curated by arts broadcaster and Soho House’s Head of Collections, Kate Bryan, Not 30% is part exhibition and part protest against the male dominated art world.

This exhibit takes its cue from the statistic that 60% of graduates are women, yet in galleries & exhibitions the presence of women artists amounts to a max of 30% and often far less.

My stand is located at The College, Old Central St Martins Building,  12 Southampton Row WC1B 4AF
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See your complimentary ticket options below!

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New for this year was Club Boles with it's amazing Ibiza night and Rik Parfitt Junior and the RPJ band performing, which drew huge crowds. Lots of fun was also to be had in the Prosecco bar located next to the main Castle arena.

Bolesworth International is now in it's eleventh year and this year there was even more top level, world class dressage with elite stars such as Charlotte Dujardin CBE and
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Cleo B was my shoe brand for 7 years. I designed and produced many collections of shoes and sold them internationally. I also designed collections of shoe accessories, such as clip on pom poms, crystal shoe clips and lace locks.  I most recently collaborated with Anthropolgie in the UK and USA which is where you may have come across my shoes. In 2016 I decided to make the bold move away from the footwear industry and embark on new projects.

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