In the digital, screen-age world, I seek to reintroduce texture and three-dimensionality. I am influenced by the physical world around me and my feelings about it, a combination of what I observe and what I experience. The tapestry weaving process takes a lot of time, allowing for attention to the surface. But weaving is also a three-dimensional process, as you are constructing a fabric in order to work on the surface and it can become sculptural.
I like to experiment with my weaving, sometimes leaving it to chance how it will come together. The sculptural works are woven in sections that are later constructed by pulling the warp to contort the forms and stitching them together. I also use knotting and embroidery in my work.
I have been creating artworks in woven form for over 20 years. Recent themes include local landscapes and Chinese medicine, aiming to capture the essence of a thought or feeling as a physical, textural expression. I weave with plant fibres: cotton, hemp, linen, jute and bamboo as well as wool, silk and synthetics.