Textiles for me have always been an important element of my artistic expression and how I interpret the coastal landscape.
My fascination for the coastal landscape is rooted in my childhood holidays and memories of exploration. I’ve always been intrigued with what will be revealed round the next headland and the idea of continual change and renewal by the incoming tide.
My first introduction to Textiles as an artform came from studying Printed Textiles at Glasgow School of Art where I graduated in 1987 with a BA Hons Degree.
The methods I use in my work stems back to my Art School days reflecting my training in printed textiles. However, in a much less technical way, I like the process now to be much more spontaneous using quite simply printing techniques like mono, lino and Geli printing. I work onto organza and gauze to give me the option to layer fabrics and create depth of colour and pattern.
I make details using felt and ceramic to create contrasts that reflect the textures I find in the landscape. These are then constructed using machine and hand embroidery, not to overpower the piece but to enhance and complement, keeping the essence of the print.
When walking on a beach on the North Coast of Barra a flock of Plovers were scurrying along the sand and when they merged with a cluster of stones and pebbles they almost completely disappeared. I loved the idea of how well camouflaged they were within their environment and took this as my inspiration for my new collection of Constructed Textiles.