Our untold or hidden stories, the ones we keep close to our hearts are often the inspiration for my work. Only through enquiry do we discover the complexity of the journey people have travelled.
Looking at the lost beauty in the ordinary has lead to more focus on the use of recycled materials, textile and non-textile, both for their suggested narrative and concerns over waste and for the environment.
I use textile techniques including dye, print, stitch and fabric manipulation and layering, often leaving raw, cut and frayed edges to create texture. My work tends to be in sections or blocks and in multiples, sometimes representing time, repetitive processes or hidden segments in our lives.
In January 2020, I started a daily walk. Marking Time is the first series of work to be inspired by this practice.
Marking Time Series
Retail Price: A$150 -$600
Dimensions: Variable 11 – 30cm diameter
Statement: I always take the same route on my daily walk. The repetition allows space to observe small slow changes over time. This series of work takes the essence of slow shifts as individual banksia flower buds open, revealing a new pattern. The slow repetition, developing, step by step, marking time. Marking Time #8 pictured.
Exhibition: The Patterning Habit
Photographer: Josh Wells