My background is in film and television. I spent many years at the BBC as a Make-up Assistant and latterly as Make-up Designer. Post BBC I became a freelance Make-up Designer . I was fortunate enough to work with Director’s such as Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle and Paul Greengrass, Photographers: Terry O’Neil and Patrick Litchfield and actors including Ewan McGregor, Catherine Zeta Jones and Dougray Scott. My expertise lies in character design and historical and fantasy hair work. I continue to work as a Make-up designer and educator.
With 12years experience teaching within the specialist field of Media Make-up at Higher Education Institutes in the UK my ambition is to develop the subject of Make-up within the HE sector. I am particularly interested in curriculum design. In 2011 I was instrumental in the conception, design and validation of BA Top-up Media Make-up (Open University), and the writing and re-validation of FdA Media Make-up (OU). I joined AUB as a Senior Lecturer in 2013. I am first year tutor and unit leader for practical make-up units across all three year groups. I have been External Examiner at University of Bedfordshire since October 2013
I have recently completed an MA Creative Professional Practice. As part of my MA I researched the learning styles and study habits of International Students. The purpose of the research was to ensure we offer the best possible experience to our International students and to enable me to help and advise courses throughout the country in such matters. I also recently researched 40s hair and make-up trends and social history and the injuries encountered during bomb blasts in WW11 in order to design for the film Moonlight Sonata, a nine minute film, which I produced as a collaborative project with Film and VFX students from AUB, with Level 4 Make-up students creating all of the hair and make-up transformations. It is my intention to enter the film into the student category of a number of upcoming film festivals.
My next research project will be based on cultural and racial issues within the media and in particular involving make-up and hair.