Tuesday, 5 March 2013

A question asked

Recently someone asked me about the direction of my practice, how and why it was that I had moved away from working with historical textiles to work with ideas around landscape and whether I planned to ever go back to this. A timely question I thought, and one that raises plenty more.

When I think about the different directions my practice has taken through my short career so far it makes me feel fickle. I dare say I have a short attention span. But perhaps in another way I am just interested in a lot of different things, and those are the things that make me, me.

So Visible Mending just finished in the War exhibition, I have the Prince's Shirt research project ongoing and I had a wonderful day on Sunday at the Antique Textile Fair in Manchester; my passions for historical textile are certainly still strong. On the other hand my interests in walking, observation landscape and sense of place are also constant. My compass needle is constantly changing; my interests change from day to day, I do not have a single way of working, a particular process or material that defines my practice.

So I don't really know what defines my work, other than it is mine. But in responding quickly to the question I realised something crucial, the thing that is most important is that I respond to a project or idea with integrity and honesty.

Here are some little experiments with from the studio today.


  1. the older i get the more i find that my work is simply about paying attention to the whirled
    using whatever it takes. some might see the leaps from felt to woven to dance to wall as incoherent, for me these skips make more and more sense.

    keep skipping.

  2. Beautifully said.
    I think that we have each our own true inner voice, and when, in ten years or so, you look back on the work you are doing now, you will see how it all fits.
    You are who you are.
    You are not fickle.
    You do have integrity and honesty, and that is the most important truth.

  3. I completely agree with Judy. This is what makes your work so interesting, and very inspiring. I love how you incorporate what you are observing in the moment. It all has 'you' in it and visually that translates. All beautiful and a journey which is a pleasure to witness!

  4. I worry that I have a short attention span sometimes too, skipping from photography (which I feel indebted to, since it's what I went to school for) to papermaking to textiles and writing.... I think I just have to worry less and see where it goes.

    Your work looks great, I look forward to reading this space!

  5. Oh, and I forgot: have you read Wanderlust, by Rebecca Solnit? If not, read it straight away! I think you will enjoy it.



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