Working with textile techniques such as knitting, crochet, hand and machine stitching; I delight in the making process. Alongside traditional materials and techniques, I experiment with wrapping, binding and weaving materials such as wire, plastic and paper to explore 3D surface patterning. I create mixed media textiles, installations and small scale sculptural work.
I am currently interested in ideas relating to the home, domesticity, familial relationships and the interplay between reality as it appears and truth hidden behind disintegrating layers of meaning.
I use a deconstructed accordion book forms to tell an abstract rather than literal story. Inter-woven lines of thread partly concealed within the folded leaves of the ‘book’, trace time-lines passing through the disintegrating layers making connections back and forth echoing time passing and like a journal chronicling a troubled life.
Broken and repaired threads, knots and ties are used to represent domesticity, the home, and particularly family ties. Red thread, used because of its power to evoke a human element, is tied, knotted and springing from edges signifying, change, movement or surges in activity.
Fabric and paper is layered, stitched repeatedly with grids to give a sense of structure and echoes repeated patterns of human behaviour. Progressively distressed marks convey order and disorder of life lived, alluding to an underlying chaotic and tumultuous reality hidden and concealed within the unravelling story, it is also a nod to the act of memory and the way it can deteriorate over time.