I studied textiles at Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2000 when I set up a studio in Hackney and have been weaving ever since.
Much of my work starts with a walk and an exploration of the layers of human experience that have been imprinted on a landscape over time on a particular landscape. Woven pieces have been initiated by walks along the River Lea, on the foreshore of the River Thames and the streets of Hackney.
Dying methods are integral to my woven work. I space dye yarns to introduce random placement of colour intended to disrupt the linear structure of woven cloth. I submerge cones of yarn in a dye bath so that as the yarn is woven the colour slowly fades out until there are only traces of the colour left. This sense of progression of the journey of the yarn is embedded deeply in my method of working.
Walking lends itself to the act of weaving, the rhythmic movement of putting one foot in front of the other corresponds to the rhythmic traverses of the shuttle. In this mechanical act the progress of the thread can be followed as it travels across the warp, back and forth, under and over, slowly revealing a bigger picture.
And so in the making of cloth the physical act of walking can be literally made material. A piece of cloth like a journey has a beginning, middle and end and in its creation woven cloth can be embedded with this notion of narrative.
An important part of my practice are the weaving classes I run where I hope to share my knowledge and love for the craft with others. To book please go the the weaving class page.