music is the food of life, and cloth dresses those passing through
I am currently a Techne-AHRC PhD student at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. I research the changing ways in which clothing communicates culture, ethnicity, race, and individual and group identities. My thesis combines oral history and material culture research methods to explore Chinoiserie fashion design and the diaspora dress histories of Chinese-heritage people in the UK, from 1945-today.
I play the piano, cello, and sing. As song-writer and composer, I have written music for bands, performance art, theatre and film. I have performed solo and in many ensembles including collectives, choirs, jazz bands, and orchestras.
I have taught piano, music theory, composition & improvisation to pupils aged from 5-65.
I am a compulsive knitter, a regular mender of clothing, and am passionate about sustainable textile practices. A former costume designer & maker, I now spread my love of everyday making through my business and YouTube channel, The Crimson Stitchery.