I create costumes and sculptural forms where colour, texture, cut and fray, all contribute to a sense of character. The cross referencing of imagery, process and material creates a condensed experience. Reworking materials invests my final displays with simultaneous histories. The history of the materials and the making of the object as well as an awareness of the context of the explored themes and the artist who made them.
Snapping the branches of the Mabinogi is a sewing project that focuses on the way folklore becomes skew-whiff when adapted to contemporary life.
Smocks and door curtains ( noren), have been created from bed sheets and old clothes. These materials are reinvented into loose fitting dresses that also can be read as drawings.
The wearer of these smocks is swimming in fabric. These garments are not practical but tactile. Images and text are sewn and drawn onto and into the patchworked forms. Colours are bright.
I imagine that Iris (Greek goddess of the Rainbow), Rainbow Bright (Goddess of my childhood) and Rhiannon (otherworldly woman who features heavily in branch one and three of the Mabinogi tales), could wear these dresses and guide me over the threshold to peace.
An accompanying book is in development. It is a fable about redirecting energy to caring for fragile ecosystems and acknowledging that we are possible influencers. Contemporary folklore borrows from a wistful legacy of fable.
It will be a hard cover, limited edition, cloth bound book for all ages. It's title is The Naughty Ones. It shares a story of the remarkable ability for people and environments to change and grow through attention to detail and care.
A small stitch. A dormant seed. Sunlight, soil, water and milk.