Hannahs doctoral research within the Creative Exchange focuses on the promise and values of Open data, the Indieweb and the Maker Movement. Establishing through live research projects and literature how the rhetorics and imaginaries of each are embedded in practice.
Hannah’s background is within the creative and cultural industries, where she has a profile both as a maker and as a business director, having founded Freerange - a small company providing workspace, services, networking and R&D for rural creative and digital companies.
As an artist, Hannah has exhibited internationally, completing public sector and private commissions and pursuing her own investigative practice, often dabbling with alchemical and analogue methods such as salt preservation and taxidermy, these experiments can take the form of installations or set pieces, often incorporating humour and changing the viewers relationship to the space around them.
Trained in both traditional crafts and machine programming, this span of interests and corporate empathy informs her artistic, research and business practice.
Prior to founding Freerange, Hannah worked as a project officer for FRED - a annual festival of site specific art and undertook regular residencies. She has studied fine art, advanced research, leading sustainable communities and project management.
Hannah is a trustee of Tullie House Museum and Gallery Trust and trading company, Director of Freerange Industries and is based in North Cumbria with her partner and children.