Through engaging primarily with traditional textile techniques and natural fibres, my work questions preconceptions of craft techniques and what has often been dismissed as “women’s work”. I am particularly interested in exploring the connotations of functional objects, and the museum artifact as a signifier of historical narratives. I am interested in craft practices as a means of revolution; I believe that understanding how to make things places power in the hands of the maker. The more we can do for ourselves, the more autonomous we are, not relying on factories and stores to provide all goods for our basic needs. I am concerned about mass consumption and our use of everyday objects with minimal understanding of how these objects came to exist. My inclination is to resist this pattern of living. Naturally this means that the presence of the maker’s hand is key to my artistic process. This often means stripping projects down to their most basic elements wherever possible. With wool that means fleece, and with silk that means worms. I gain great satisfaction from creating cloth, whether it is functional, decorative or somewhere in between.
Header photo taken by David Hudson.