I gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Nottingham Trent University (2006), followed by employment with a high street book retailer and a Nottinghamshire based publisher, during that time I also worked as a freelance graphic designer and design consultant. I completed an MRes in Visual Culture at The University of Nottingham (2012) and on its completion began an AHRC funded PhD in Art History.
My current research builds upon work begun during my MRes, my thesis (The Punk Movement and the Visual Influence of the Photocopier) explored the role of the Xerox machine within the British Punk… read more
My current research builds upon work begun during my MRes, my thesis (The Punk Movement and the Visual Influence of the Photocopier) explored the role of the Xerox machine within the British Punk movement of the 1970s. I explored the dual nature of the Xerox machine as a corporate and subcultural entity and the assumptions and preconceptions surrounding it as a tool for communicating.
Work for my PhD is looking to expand upon the photocopiers uses and examines the cultural, technological and social impact of the Xerox machine, its interdisciplinary status, transection of technological mechanisation, corporate growth and communication, and particularly its subversive use by Copy artists and its role in developing subcultures and personal identity. As a machine the photocopier stands at a crossroads between technology, business visuality and the arts, and raises questions about the nature of human interaction and communication, the place and uses of technology and its influence upon our social and cultural environment, it is a synthesis of science and the arts that challenges assumptions and forges links between the two.
In 2013 I had an application for the AHRC's International Placement Scheme accepted and will be spending 6 months on a short-term fellowship at the Library of Congress from January 2014. My research at the LoC will be particularly focused upon the subcultural influence and uses of the Xerox machine, examining artefacts and items which are self-published and part of subcultural communities. Using numerous resources that examine the history of comics, zines, self-published materials and xerography which are part of the Library's collections I will be adding to the scope of material available for my thesis and continuing my research into the graphic arts and cultural uses of technology begun during my undergraduate study.