I am an independent/freelance researcher, lecturer and writer based in Birmingham, UK.
In 2012 I was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham for my thesis titled “Women Surrealists: Sexuality, Fetish, Femininity and Female Surrealism” (http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/3718/) .
I also hold an MA in Modern European Cultures from the University of Birmingham with a dissertation titled “Surreal Women: Fetishism and Gender in the Work of Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim and Elsa Schiaparelli” (2007) and a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications from Birmingham City University (2005).
I regularly lecture on Women Surrealists at Treadwell’s Bookshop in London, universities, cultural venues, and at academic conferences around the country. Broadly speaking, my research interests include (although are not restricted to):
- Women artists and Surrealism.
- Femininity, sexuality, desire, and the female body
- Masquerade, the marvellous, and the superfluous
- Magic, Witchery, the esoteric and “Art Witches”
- Old Hollywood and cinema
- Costume, fashion, ballet and dance.
Treadwells Bookshop (June 2018 ) – Elsa Schiaparelli, Pagan Collection.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art (June 2018) – “Women Surrealists”.
Treadwells Bookshop (June 2018) – Elsa Schiaparelli, The Zodiac Collection.
Nottingham Contemporary (May 2018) – “Wednesday Walkthrough” as part of Linder: The House of Fame.
Treadwells Bookshop (November 2017) – Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress
Treadwells Bookshop (May 2017) – Leonor Fini, Surrealist Sorceress
Birmingham and Midlands Institute (March 2017) – Emmy Bridgwater and the Birmingham Surrealists.
BCU School of Jewellery (March 2017) – Intimate Jewels: Intimate Jewels: Surrealism, Fetish and Fairy Tales.
Sabat Magazine: Elements Issue (Print copy)
Silent London (March 2014)