‘Water and its many manifestation have been a continuing theme through your work; can you outline how and why ideas related to water have sustained your creative practice over several decades?’
My ‘sign’ is water and I try to regularly immerse myself in it. Water is the driving force in my ‘World’. Basically, I am passionate about the environment and in particular water in all its forms and am interested in how it represents the feminine, and allows meditation.
Pieces usually start with a ‘water message’ – an idea, a concept, a fact, an image or a feeling I want to convey – and the design is generated following research and experimenting and testing techniques, colours and stitching. Often this process brings together otherwise unconnected ‘traditions’ such as political comment, scientific details, graphics and text to form natural dyed stitched textiles most commonly as abstract landscapes/seascapes.
The focus on one subject allows me freedom to continually develop new ideas and expand my knowledge and messages. It also allows pieces of my previous work to inform my current and future works. Just like the water cycle my practice is circular, sometimes political and always passionate.