I graduated from art college in 1983 and then, by accident swerved into the world of social work, social care and housing where I developed a career for 30 years. In 2012 at the aged of 50 I decided it was time to revive my art practice; through a developing interest in natural found objects and landscape I collected, gathered and harvested a large assortment of artifacts and began assembling in my dining room at home. In 2016 I set up my workshop at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge and started my business, Artworks for Change offering people with disabilities and family carers the opportunity to engage in creative activities. In May 2017 I completed a 5 month period of study with the University of Highlands and Islands (Orkney College) investigating contemporary art and archaeology. This reinvigorated my art practice further and helped me to focus my work on 'Riverside', the site of a local, historically significant but now derelict 19th century iron works. I am currently studying for an MA in Art and Social Practice at Shetland College where I am expanding my collaborative, participative practice with the aim of engaging and collaborating with disadvantaged, socially excluded groups and communities around the issues of place, voice, heritage and identity. Stourbridge, West Midlands