We’d love to know a little more about your process and the level of craft involved in the pieces...
Primarily it's about using what is already in abundance and treading gently on Earth. There is so much stuff being produced all the time, it's immense, but then so much goes to waste. My process and purpose look at finding solutions for excess cloth, be it end of roll, dead stock, or fabric that is no longer needed by someone. The process involves deconstructing the cloth, laying the pieces out, seeing patterns within them, looking at my sketches from spending time outside and then reconstructing into tapestries. I have a good relationship with mills and suppliers too, so I can use the end of roll cloth that would otherwise go to waste. It is a slow and steady process, repurposing fabric to make a piece of art. Being adaptable and expansive in thought, to create something out of a given shape and colour. Finding new ways to revise, remake, repurpose and repair a piece of cloth.
I use both machine stitch and hand sewing elements to my work. I plait and drape wool and paint onto canvas or paper.
Also, what inspires you to create?
Spending time looking at the land and the sea, the rocks, the vegetation, the cliff strata and boulders piled high one on top of the other. The Isles of Scilly is an amazing place for this too. Being out on the coast path, I look intently at things. I look at each colour, shape and line, the form of wherever my eye lands. How things sit and how they arrange themselves amongst the landscape.
When I see the work of an artist that draws me in, this makes me want to make work too. I get high on that too.