Stories are what inspire me. It might be a family wartime diary written in Calcutta, an autobiography of an 1820’s Dundee mill boy or an East Riding village lost to the sea.
Observing, gathering information in drawings and words, assembling all manner of found objects helps to ground these stories in a particular place because I have long been interested in humans’ interaction with and response to their environment and any story is impacted by where it takes place.
These stories often find a voice in collaged monoprinted and stamped layers using found objects and mixed media combined with layers of stitched silk organza. I recently began to experiment with eco-dyeing using this direct contact method of printing to create a sense of place. It promises to be an interesting journey.