Born in Leeds and a Lincolnshire resident since 1989, Moira studied at De Montfort University and the Open College of the Arts and was awarded a first class honours degree in Creative Arts Buckingham University. Her practice straddles the boundary between fine art and craft, exploring ideas through making.
An artist whose working methods include hand-made felting processes incorporating traditional and contemporary techniques. Wool fibres predominate, integrated with plant and cellulose fibres, to create unusual shapes and textures. Her work invites interaction and personal confrontation with life and its unexpected pathways.
She has a reputation for creating striking, fascinating and unusual fibre art, many examples of which are in private collections. Combining textile technique with a diverse range of challenging materials, her work is inspired by nature and a desire to push boundaries whilst creating an impact to promote greater understanding of human frailty.
A member of the Contemporary Crafts Network and Lincolnshire Artists Society she is also a supporter of the National Centre for Craft and Design. She is a Friend of the Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln and is registered with organisations including the Crafts Council, the International Felt Association and Saatchi Online.
Submitted works to the ‘SEE IT’ exhibition June 2007, to ‘Art of the Stitch’ 2008/9, Contemporary Crafts Network exhibitions 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 (selected), OPEM Lincoln 2011 (selected), OPEM3 Lincoln 2014, the LAS Summer Exhibition 2013 and 2015 (selected) the LAS Winter exhibition 2012 and 2013 (selected), and Nottingham Castle Museum 2012 Open.
Published in Felt Matters Magazine in 2010 and 2015.
Influenced and inspired by seminal artists: Arman, El Anatsui, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jenny Cowern, Tara Donovan, Eva Hesse, Andy Goldsworthy, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Claudia Merx, David Nash, Jaume Plensa, Freddie Robins, Sean Scully, Alfred Steiglitz, Richard Wentworth and Michael Brennand-Wood, but also many other artists for whom process and space are driving factors.
The wise words of Le Corbusier. “Drawing in a sketchbook teaches first to look, and then to observe and finally perhaps to discover … and it is then that inspiration might come.”
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance – George Bernard Shaw