My work is inspired by stories, poems, over-hearings and memories. Re-using materials, especially textiles, is an integral part of my work. I like to feel that they have ‘lived a little’ with their own story to tell showing signs of ageing and how they have been treated or, perhaps, mistreated.
Every discarded object is a piece of the patchwork of someone else’s life. The way in which materials (particularly textiles and garments) are carelessly discarded is a source of sadness and brings out a need to ‘rescue’. Reminiscent of the wartime adage ‘make do and mend’. I love the way in which textiles can act as an aide-memoire and the very human quality they exude.
My workshop is full of old scraps of fabric, lace, books and found objects waiting to be breathed new life into. I find myself wondering what these sad, orphaned objects would say could they speak and weaving tales around their imagined past.