I am a textile artist making work of individual character using a mixture of materials to create sophisticated pieces that combine craft elements with abstract imagery.
Colour in any form delights me. It has a positive energy and exuberance that I’ve always been drawn to and the freedom to re-invent and re-assemble is very seductive so I have a very loose approach to making. The unpredictable results that experimentation and play throw up are key elements of my practice.
I work with multiple mediums to achieve different means of expression but always with the same intention of using a visual vocabulary which crosses all materials and this playful use of colour with pattern and texture is a signature of my work. Visual inspiration comes from an eclectic range of sources which encompasses tribal symbolism, patterns of the natural world and organic shapes in architecture. I am also interested in the ritual use of colour and its emotional effect, something that I am hoping to research further.
My work with textiles uses devoré as a vehicle to express ideas around acceptance of imperfection. Devoré is a sophisticated technique capable of producing elegant results and one which by nature is also a destructive one. Obliterating some areas of the textile structure whilst leaving others intact, devoré creates a fabric that is physically vulnerable but alluring. Imperfections and marks become an integral part of the work. Embracing these and accepting them is a key part in the making and distinguishes the hand of the maker from the machine made.
I work with printed acetates for a different expression, creating wall pieces and installations with multiple uses. Images from from across my body of work are re-created into pinned acetate shapes and assembled using a process I call three dimensional painting to create a subtle layering of colour and pattern that floats off the surface.
My work with paper is a question into the definition of a book, an exploration into their potential as sculptural objects and the tactile transformation that brings. It is a life after reading.
I graduated with a Masters Distinction in Textiles from University for the Creative Arts.