The manipulation of layered geometric forms has recently become the main focus of my work. I use creases and pleats to fold and distort fabric to create 3 dimensional art quilts, structures and sculptures. Exploring intuitively I stack, layer and mark fabric then join with stitch to create complex networks
I still occasionally make flat art quilts, the subject of which are most often influenced by matters of social conscience and have emotive or unsettling themes. They hold messages which are intended to provoke a strong reaction.
My process is intuitive, led by ideas rather than a vision of a finished piece. By working on open ended tasks I explore how textiles can be manipulated and transformed into sculptured forms or wall art. I like to surprise the viewer, challenging them to question what they see, whether it be the subject of the piece that textiles have been used in unusual ways.
I am not a person that naturally rests. My mind is always active, buzzing with ideas which I try to capture before they fly away. I keep many notepads, covered with scribbled notes and sketches as reminders of potential ideas along with other collected ephemera. I use the walls of my studio much like the pages in a huge sketchbook or journal. They may seem chaotic, but to me they are the place my thoughts evolve and begin to be transformed into reality.