My embroidery reflects my love of textiles and the visual qualities present in fabric and thread. I use applique and free machine embroidery to illustrate personal narratives or ideas. These may be inspired by memorabilia or my collection of vintage ‘Stitchcraft’ knitting and embroidery magazines. ‘Stitchcraft’ photographs or drawings provide the figurative element in my work and ideas evolve from personal experiences, film, textile history or a chance find.
I work with fabrics I have collected over many years because of their specific characteristics. This adds a uniqueness and ‘slowness’ to the handmade production of each piece. I carefully select each fabric for its colour, surface and possible connotations as well as the physical quality and response to cutting, layering and sewing. I may include pieces of found domestic embroidery, vintage or knitted fabrics to increase the variety of surface and to reference domestic work.
I aim to draw and paint with textiles, the mark making is achieved through sewing, contrasting surface qualities and embellishment. I work in fabric and embroidery because of its relevance to my subject matter and because the marks created are specific to it.
Stylistically I am influenced by fashion drawing and its economical use of line, its relationship to free embroidery and its relevance to the ‘Stitchcraft’ magazines. I am particularly inspired by the illustrations of Carl Erickson, Christian Berard and Rene Gruau. The scale of my current work reflects the domestic nature of the magazines adding both intimacy and an appropriateness for domestic interiors.