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My work is textile-based. I incorporate found natural and manufactured objects in my pieces to add textural depth and to explore both the surface and hidden ideas that form the structure of each piece.
I live on Pender Island and my colour palette is inspired by the stunning landscape surrounding me; patterns of light on different bodies of water, the trees, lichen, wild flowers, birds, rocks and beaches. My ideas are influenced by my studies of Anthropology and Textile History. My sensibilities come from the first 17 years of my life which were spent in the south of England. Here I was lucky enough to be immersed in the gorgeous countryside and in the ever-present history embodied in ubiquitous ancient monuments and ancient towns.
Both historical textiles and contemporary issues influence my work. By combining traditional surface design techniques with non-traditional materials, I create pieces that are both physically and metaphorically rich. Many of the materials I use have been discarded either as waste or as surplus to need. I gain great satisfaction in the knowledge that by re-purposing these materials I am extending their life and their usefulness.
Experimentation is a key element in all my work. I love the thrill of working with, and exploring, the unknown. I enjoy the process of gaining familiarity with that which was previously unmapped, whether it is a new material, a new technique, or a new idea.
I have shown my work in both public and artist-run galleries across Canada and in the United States. Images of my pieces have also appeared in Fiberarts (no longer published) and Surface – two magazines dedicated to international fibre art. I am proud to announce that I was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize.