I come from a Fine Art background in portraits and portrait painting where I combine spray paint with traditional portraiture in a gallery setting. My last exhibition was at the Bargehouse, Southbank in London 2015. I have experience in the commercial art industry through running my own small company specialising in bespoke murals for domestic and business clients. Through my Creative Technologies postgrad I am currently focussing on how to use 3D software and how to market products and experiences.
I graduated with a first in Video Game Technology at DMU - video games have been a large part of my life and I have been making my own content for them since 2002, with some of my work being published in the UK’s largest PC gaming magazine, PC Gamer. Since graduating I have focused more on becoming a full stack web developer. My first professional project was to design and develop an ecommerce website for a company. I'm currently developing my portfolio to include a range of exciting web-based work.
I come from a computing background and have worked in interactive TV, Video on Demand and content management systems, including the BBC’s red button. I have worked as senior Java developer, predominantly using Opensource technologies. I am also a visual artist, creating drawings and illustrations. Having lived in Britain for many years I was born and raised in India and my artistic work reflects on a world left behind to adopt to a new world, within the framework of memories and thoughts. Through Creative technologies, I am hoping to combine my passion for art with my background in technology.
After obtaining my first degree in Music at Bretton Hall College,Yorkshire, I then obtained a distinction in a Diploma in Knitwear Design at Loughborough College of Art and Design. Sponsored by The Prince's Trust, I successfully ran my own Knitwear company before going into Teaching. Having had career breaks to raise three children, I find myself a digital immigrant in an unfamiliar technological world. I am interested to explore how my life's experiences, love of art, and admiration (yet slight fear) of technology, can be brought together.
I discovered machinima while at college, and my desire to pursue this led to me studying BSc Computer Games Technology at Portsmouth University. During this time, I began hosting gaming events, eventually leading to the foundation of SideFest Ltd, my event organising business. With a newly formed company, I decided to develop a programme of diverse and engaging events with a strong community and social responsibility focus, and in early 2015 I debuted Creat-A-Con, an event which aimed to engage members of the public with new and emerging technology.
During the planning of this event, I became a S.T.E.M. Ambassador with STEMnet, promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to young people, an objective with which Creat-A-Con is perfectly aligned. This event, sponsored by DMU Square Mile, had over 500 attendees from a range of schools and clubs in the Leicester area, and plans are underway to bring this event to a geographically and demographically broader audience.
With over a decade of experience in gaming and technology events, I was invited to participate on the MA/MSc Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, which has enabled me to focus on machinima, and on top of introducing new events through SideFest, I aim to establish an organisation to further develop machinima as an art form.
During and following college and university, I have held a number of work placements at various games companies, including Lionhead Studios, Muckyfoot Productions, BossaStudios, and 22 Cans, and in 2016 I will be pursuing a placement with Kalypso Media Digital.To date, SideFest has been supported by O2 Think Big, National Lottery, Legacy Trust, DMU Square Mile, Kalypso Media Digital, Cyber Candy Ltd, Insert Coin Clothing, Somewhereto_, and more.
Website coming soon.