I make art because I wish to articulate ideas, emotions and thoughts. Making is the
route I have chosen to create a dialogue with the viewer.
Being raised by northern working – class grandparents in southern England I was
surrounded by constant making and mending. I have absorbed the instinct to make.
My work, investigates the divisions between art and craft and male and female
I try to uplift the humble origins of the materials I use by producing exquisitely
made objects. By perfecting and refining making processes such as papier-mache,
upholstery and felt making I am striving to explore the boundaries of craft, reassess
making and appropriate these processes for my own art practice.
I have used felt and the tradition of felt making in my most recent work. Felt is
essentially an animal product and the wool breathes life into my pieces. I make
artefacts that can be either worn or displayed as a sculptural object; they have a
warm, tactile and seductive quality. Felt is an ancient and international craft. Today
in the west the material is typically associated with homespun clothing and toys. My
work subverts these associations.
I use the imagery of woodland fairytale creatures to reference themes that are
important to me. These include, the impact of capitalism on our country-side and
folk lore traditions, the darker sub-text behind our well loved and familiar traditional
stories often told to children and objects such as hunting trophies and taxidermy.
My felt jewellery collection marries a desire to scrutinise these concepts with my
passion for beautifully executed craft techniques.