I studied Textiles at Bath School of Art and Design, gaining an MA Design (Textiles) Distinction in 2008. My specialism was in the innovative development of non woven needle-punched textiles. The finished artwork being similar to a tapestry, although non woven, it is exquisitely textured.
I create my artwork in layers from a carefully sourced palette of fibres and fabrics, assembling each individual piece in a painterly way, before blending it using the needle punch machine.
My needle punch was especially designed for me. It has a bed of around 2,000 needles that combine the collage of textures and layers into one. I can achieve different effects by using an assortment of needles and adjusting the machine speed.
I have been working with the needle punch for over a decade now and my working techniques continue to evolve through experimentation. I like to use natural materials such as silk, cotton and wool much of which I hand dye or digitally print using my own photographic images. I also use a polyester voile that catches the light and is good for building layers.
I pass the artwork through the needle punch several times at different stages of the build-up, often pulling back layers or part removing them before starting a new layer. After the final pass through, the finishing stage can involve more cutting back and hand stitching.
There is no waste in the making process – I save even the smallest cut-offs for use on more intricate pieces such as portraits.
The overall effect created embodies a sense of spontaneity in which colour, contrast and richness of texture evoke depth and perspective in the artwork.
I often find inspiration from within the structure and rhythms of nature. I am particularly interested in the way that light and shadow exist in the moment. I try to capture the delight and energy of that transient moment.