Textile | Wirework
My work is concerned with the translation of textile techniques such as stitching, quilting, patchwork & embroidery into a wire & metal form - thus changing its' original nature & function but retaining the meaning & the decoration. I am very inspired and influenced by textile work created by women alongside their domestic duties, as much for need as for warmth. This interest began when I was a student at The Royal College of Art.
I won a scholarship to research and study Textiles in Poland and Czechoslovakia. Here I saw Folk Art for the first time; it was everywhere woven through all aspects of life. Gradually I began to transfer my drawings into three dimensions using wire and became totally enthralled by the possibilities of drawing in space using line and colour. My training and qualifications are in Textile Design so this change in materials was a huge departure for me but a very crucial one as through it I began to create, I believe, a unique language and a deeply satisfying one.