Nothing in nature is perfect or truly symmetrical; there is an attractiveness to imperfection and patination brings a character all of it’s own. In my work I explore concepts like 'Wasi Sabi'. Rust marks are fascinating – there is a slow and unpredictable nature to the process, the chemical reactions,. Each piece of wrapped fabric, each stitch, each stain gives an object uniqueness. They form their own visual language, growing and evolving. Contrasts in the marks, the colours and textures can beg for stitching. I want the viewer to see beauty they may have missed. The whole journey is a leap into the dark, and this is intrinsically part of the excitement.
A Japanese aesthetic and influences from an African childhood, unconsciously bleed into my sketches, textiles and sculpture. My journeys using rust, indigo and more recently eco dyes are adventures in textile alchemy. Found objects and recycled materials, vintage linen, carpenter’s scrim, gauze bandages and silk lead me in new directions. By using traditional processes, exploring the reactions between rusting metal and mordants, each piece evolves and develops over time as metal corrodes and stains the fabric, while the mordants creates depth of colour. Some pieces seem to cry out for company. Clusters of objects allow me to explore multiples, creating volume, a theme throughout my work.