I am a mixed-media artist and illustrator, working with different mediums and techniques, including textiles, painting, drawing and photography; recently focusing on free motion embroidery, exploring the sewing machine as a tool for ‘drawing’ or ‘painting.’ I find inspiration in stories; colour; a line of a song or the feel of a piece of music; creatures shaped by shadow that appear suddenly in everyday objects; daydreams; moments of thought, place and time that reveal an intimacy and personal connection to my imagination.
Themes of contrast reflect the essence of my current work, exploring everyday experiences and folkloric symbolism. Moments of intimacy and vulnerability are revealed but also of internal power, embracing the light and shadow that encompasses us all. I seek to universalise my interior life through visual storytelling but to leave the narrative open for the viewer.
Working mostly with sewn full size and partial figures, including installation and animation, I leave loose hanging threads that make them seem as though they are drifting-off into a dreamlike state, highlighting the passing of time. The work exists in that hazy place between consciousness and sub-consciousness; dreams and reality. There is a certain ambiguity to my work as each piece reveals only a fragment of their subject; the loose strands adding to their sense of incompletion, imperfection and impermanence. Indeed, machine embroidery itself is an art form that dwells somewhere betwixt two and three-dimensional states, a breach of one sphere to another, creating a tactile sensuousness.