I live in the Peak District, and
can see the moors and hear the curlews from my house. My location appeals
to me because I am interested in the different ways we experience nature and
the world around us. I am also interested in folk and fairy tales, and the stories
they weave into our countryside.
I work in patchwork because I have
found it an ideal way to express ideas about multiplicity, plurality and intricacy.
My artwork is expressing my belief that there is not one truth; that many things
can be true at the same time; and that we constantly have many different views
on the world.
I work in four different ways: textile
"drawings", textile "paintings", textile flat sculpture,
and painted murals.
Each "drawing" is one idea
worked through, from start to finish, in stitch, whether the idea concerns a
new design or a particular colour combination. A "painting"
is a stitched textile that I have worked on in several layers, adding applique
in a spontaneous manner, in response to the first layer. I feel this technique
enables me to feel something like the processes a painter uses. These
works may be inspired directly by fabric combinations, or they may be part of
a story or myth I am interested in at the time.
My flat sculptures are essentially
about landscape. I use the form of a domestic object, a bedcover, to represent
mythological or historical characters in the landscape; embodying a lost presence;
imbuing the landscape with intimacy. I photograph these in nature and
later exhibit them in a gallery setting.
Recently I have had the opportunity to work on a community art project where I completed a large mural, using designs created by the community in which we were working. I am looking forward to doing more of this kind of work in the future.
Recently I set up my studio in order to hold workshops at my home in the Peak District. If you interested in attending, please see separate details or contact me directly via: