Mixed media and rust obsessed minimal-stitcher
I work in a variety of media to produce stitched textile art, wearable art garments, journals and handmade paper, regularly giving talks on textile-related topics and tutoring journal- and paper-making workshops. I am a collector of ethnic indigo-dyed and stitched textiles and vintage Japanese silk kimono.
My current work with discarded rusty objects on canvas is very much influenced by the Japanese ethos of 'mottainai’ – everything on earth has value and nothing should be wasted, and by ‘wabi sabi’ – an acceptance of the natural processes that bring about impermanence and imperfection. Rust obviously causes destruction and decay but the corrosive process produces beautiful colours and textures. The challenge is to exploit these characteristics creatively and turn a negative force into something positive and enduring.
The rhythmic, meditational element of hand stitch fits well with these ideas and I add a little to each piece of work, guided by the wish to complement the colours and shapes of the rust rather than making it a focal point.
I am able to offer textile-related workshops and talk.