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I am a visual narrator and illustrator,
with academic interests in

educational theory and visual narratives.

I am a MEXT PhD scholar at Keio University, Tokyo.

"Communication happens when an image
reminds the viewer of his own knowledge"

- René Magritte


Academic Interests:

I use comics and illustration as a way to explore new creative learning methods, examine issues within the wider comics field and make my research accessible to a wider audience.

A key academic concern of my work is questioning the power structures that impact how creativity manifests within social spaces, and the social negotiation that occurs around how these works are interpreted and shared. Of particular interest to me at present is how narrative cultural artefacts such as manga are viewed and engaged with on the global stage - with a view to gaining a deeper, practical understanding of how culturally established perspectives on manga and social learning methods support individuals and industries. 



Academic Background:

2014 - Graduated BA Hons Illustration from Cardiff School of Art and Design.

2015 - Became Assistant Lecturer at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

2015 - Won Royal College of Art Travel Grant to Kyoto City University of the Arts.

2016 - Graduated from Royal College of Art 
2016 - Developed the BA course in Comics and Graphic Novels at Teesside University.

2017 - Gained Research Grant from Daiwa Foundation.

2019 - Developed the MA Illustration course for Teesside University.

2019 - Gained Research Grant from the Sasakawa Foundation.

2020 - Graduated from Teesside University with Pedagogic Certificate for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

2021 - Became Course Leader for Comics and Graphic Novels BA at Teesside University.

2022 - Became External Examiner for MA Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art.

2023 - Won MEXT Scholarship (Japan Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).

Current Projects:

MEXT Scholarship Graduate Research Student 

2023 - onwards.
Keio Media Design, Keio University, Tokyo.

Lead researcher and co-editor on MANGANATION, a Daiwa Foundation funded documentary about Japanese fanculture.

Creating the graphic novel, Not A Copycat, about the hybrid economy of manga and fanwork in Japan, supported by the Japanese Ministry for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho).

Exhibitions and Fairs:

  • Casa De la Cultura, Javea, Spain - 2010

  • Art in the Warehouse - Milgi's - Cardiff, UK - 2013

  • EveryBody, M.A.D.E Gallery - Cardiff, UK - 2013

  • Dim Mor Syml - Brick Lane Gallery - London, UK - 2014

  • A Pen Can Build Faster Than A Hammer - Hockney Gallery, RCA - London, UK - 2015

  • TATE Offprint - London, UK - 2015

  • @KCUA Gallery - Kyoto, Japan - 2015

  • Graphic Shakespeare Exhibition - Keizai University, Tokyo, Japan - 2016

  • Graphic Shakespeare Exhibition - University of Tsukuba - Tsukuba, Japan - 2016

  • International Women's Day - Teeside University Curve building - Middlesbrough, UK - 2017

  • Tokyo Media Arts Festival ENCOUNTERS Exhibition (CG Arts)- Tokyu Plaza - Ginza, Tokyo, Japan - 2020

  • Women in Comics - BALTIC39 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - 2020 (Delayed by Covid19)

Panels, Papers and Conferences:

About Me:

I grew up in Birmingham, Ireland and Spain, painting, drawing, and reading whatever comics I could get a hold of. I have a 2nd Dan in Washinkai Karate, with experience in coaching karate to people of all ages, ability levels and adaptations. I love weightlifting and CrossFit, though I'm not that good at it! I love podcasts and I'm working hard on improving my command of the Japanese language (currently N4).





Send me an email.

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