8 Knapweed sampler detail
“Landscape on the soles of my feet: contours on the tips of my fingers”
I have a keen sense of place, which has been key to my studying natural sciences as well as to my development as an artist. I have walked many miles at home and abroad, capturing on camera things I sense and see. I process the resulting images using paper, fabric and stitch.
Much of my work focuses on a particular identity, an accurate depiction, from which I create more abstract images. Recently, I have become more confident to flow with line and colour directly from my imagination onto paper or fabric. The feel of fabric and the process of stitching I find addictively cathartic. Particular place or species names can appear stitched into work that the viewer might see otherwise as simply abstract.
I enjoy researching particular styles of work that appeal to me, then experimenting with some of the ideas and techniques they employ.
The slogan “Flower Power” has been re-visiting my mind. It was used during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, as a symbol of peaceful protest by the young. Contemporary with this, the term “tie-dye” was invented for a set of ancient resist dyeing techniques. This has inspired me to work with fine cotton fabric, including lawn, which I have space dyed when folded, tied or otherwise manipulated.