Artist, embroiderer & collector of stories
Textile Work & Influences
My inspiration comes from the every day – every day people and every day things. I’m fascinated by people and their stories: particularly their reflections and memories of ordinary home and working lives.
I love words and text and this features strongly in my work– often in the form of handwriting taken from old letters and postcards or snippets of conversation – recording words exactly as they are spoken. The words are meticulously hand stitched – a slow and thoughtful process that leaves a permanent mark of something that may have previously been dismissed as insignificant.
Wherever possible I use discarded materials – often old pieces of clothing or domestic textiles. I believe that materials previously used, washed and worn carry their own stories. I love the thought that an old piece of clothing is implanted with stories of the wearer or that a piece of vintage table linen holds the secrets of a household.
I layer and patch these “past fragments” together, combining them with hand stitch – offering a glimpse into lives all but forgotten or overlooked. Hand stitching is really important to me – there is something very personal about leaving your mark with needle and thread.
I also have two fabulous photographer friends Michael Graham and Carole Fitzgerald of Lazy Sunday. I wouldn’t have such beautiful images on my website without them.
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Read more about my work and influences at Textile Artist.org