Fiona’s passion for visual arts and crafts was ignited whilst studying Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in the 1980’s, when she discovered the endless possibilities of textiles and mixed media. Since her own days as a student she has taught in colleges and universities, including Bradford College where she was the Textile Course Leader. Nowadays she works regularly as a freelance teacher and artist, and has worked on many community and educational projects. One of the things she loves about working on these kinds of projects is being able to encourage others to discover the joy of using materials and mixed media combinations, and to be experimental in ways which allow the creation of beautiful artwork to evolve.
Fiona is also a designer and maker of theatrical costumes, sets and props, and is often asked to make work for theatre companies and similar organisations. She has made costumes for Billy Elliot – The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and numerous street theatre productions.
This is Fiona’s fourth year on the Change project. She has especially enjoyed being involved since the Science dimension was introduced two years ago, because it means there is lots of scope for ‘investigating’ and ‘discovering’. Her Mixed Media projects this year, working with groups who selected topics that are about Matter and Materials, involved lots of experimenting with different techniques, conducting tests, making predictions and recordings, and getting some surprising and amazing results!