I started out adulthood as an accountant, but after 10 years I discovered textiles at an evening class and knew I had found what I wanted to do with life. I left the accountancy profession, went to Goldsmiths College, London to study textiles and 15 years, three kids and a move to rural Scotland later, here I am!
I have been drawn to art quilts almost since the start of my textile career. My own work is on the edge of art quilts and installations, but I have found SAQA to be very welcoming of all types of textile-based artwork. At the moment, I am continuing to work on my series of figures based on ancient goddesses, called ‘Unsung Muses’. I am fascinated by ancient goddess sculptures and how important they must have been to their creators and their societies, but now that meaning and importance is lost. They become interesting objects to look at through glass cases in museums.
|Unsung muses, figures|
People from the past lose definition and merge together. With the world changing so fast, it is difficult to understand someone from 50 years ago, let alone 4,000, particularly with the changing role of women. However, these people are our past, they are part of us; their lives led the way for us coming into being in our full 21st century understanding.
Takes these sculptures as a starting point of the simple human form, only just recognisable, obviously precious and old, my figures and related works are many things: an attempt to connect with our history; an exploration of the human shape; a search for the defining elements of being human. Running alongside these thoughts is the idea of time passing, washing away the precision of memories with the waves of time.
This is one way of explaining what I do. However, at another level, I just like to play with bits of fabric and thread, particularly pieces I have dyed, printed or coloured myself!
|Facing the Past|
|Loops of Time|