These are the much “hated and resented” gloves of Edith Morley (1875–1964), the first female professor in the United Kingdom, based at the University of Reading 1908–1940. However, there is now speculation that they may have belonged to her friend and fellow feminist, the politician Phoebe Cusden (1887–1981) who in her role as Mayor of Reading in 1946 possibly saw the more practical reason for wearing gloves, rather than an affliction of being a woman.
My current work is influenced by the women of Reading and the anniversary of 100 years since the first British women won the vote. Having grown up in London, I am interested in the hidden history of my adopted home of Reading. I try to create thought-provoking images that have a story behind them but leave room for the viewer to create their own thoughts.
Trained as a Theatre Designer at the Wimbledon School of Art, I worked for the London Fringe and touring companies for 7 years. With creative parents, making things has always been a part of life. Moving on in a different direction I now also deal with another kind of paint!
Over the last few years I have become an active member of the Reading Guild of Artists, where I have been able to use and develop various skills. I am currently on the RGA council and volunteer as their Webmaster and Archivist.