The use of cloth is central to my practice as an artist.
Intrigued by the linguistic naming of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ side I explore the idea that, cloth may have a darker, unsettling side. Referencing the dual status of cloth as both revered and mundane object and its role in the home, I seek to examine ‘the other side of cloth’, its unsettling, worrying side, rather than the welcoming, soft, homely side and, by extension, notions of ‘home’ and ‘homeliness’.
My work uses recycled domestic textiles, stitch and increasingly more abstract forms to investigate the ability of the ordinary to spill over into ‘something else’; the ‘might be’ shift of state from ‘homely’ to ‘unhomely’ to stir a subtle unease, realized through a poetic, inner reading of cloth.
Increasingly, my work focuses on the representation of these textiles, as I explore whether cultural notions relating to cloth may be more effectively communicated through an allied medium and assess the possible impact on art textiles.
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MA Contemporary Textiles, University of Hertfordshire, (2010)
HE Diploma Stitched Textiles (Distinction), Bucks New University (2008)
City and Guilds Licentiateship Award in Creative Studies (2008)
City and Guilds 7900 Embroidery Part Two (2000)
City and Guilds 7900 Embroidery Part One (1997)
City and Guilds FAETC 7306 Level 4 (1996)
Licentiate Society of Designer Craftsmen