In 2023 I collaborated with Oliver Sharpe, a final-year fashion student at Central St Martins. Oliver wanted to include some basketry elements in his final show. I made freestyle plaited shoulder and hip pieces in rush, joined by five-element plaiting, which he incorporated into a garment. You can read more about this collaboration on the blog.
These pieces were made for the Prism Textiles exhibition Warped in 2023. with paper yarn and cholla cactus wood. Displayed beneath a transparent dome like a Victorian collected specimen, they are a reminder of the significant impact humans have had on Earth during the Anthropocene epoch, including climate change, habitat destruction, and ocean acidification. Species are becoming extinct much faster than previously. Could it be our turn soon?
My final exhibition and assessment pieces for the City Lit basketry course in July 2022 were inspired by the prints of Ernst Haeckel, the 19th-century German naturalist. They included a twined piece inspired by calcareous sponges, a plaited Mylar jellyfish, and a coiled mollusc.
“Brittle” was made for the Prism Textiles Untold exhibition in 2022. It was inspired by osteoporosis, a disease caused by loss of bone mass, changing the structure of bone tissue. It’s called a silent disease because there are typically no symptoms until a bone breaks or one or more vertebrae collapse. By using traditional lace weaving techniques on real bones, I evoked the fragility and vulnerability of this troubling condition. You can read more about how I created this work in this blog post.
The properties that make bindweed such a pain for gardeners – its length, strength and tendency to wind around everything, including itself – also make it perfect for weaving with. I spent many hours unravelling bindweed from local parks, gardens, and allotments and then reweaving it to create this sculpture of 50 pods for a Prism Textiles exhibition in 2021. It was also shown at the Botanical Fantastical exhibition at Morley Gallery in April 2022. It spirals up anticlockwise to represent how bindweed grows. You can read more about the process in this blog post.
Installation for Prism Textiles exhibition combining felt and paper yarn to represent the one in five species that are in danger of becoming extinct due to human activities.
A series of leaf prints on cement pavement slabs for an exhibition with South London Women Artists.
A body of work in hand-dyed paper yarn exploring concentricity.