Artist Statement

As an artist living and working in the Scottish Highlands, my current work is a response to the many country trails and deep forests which surround me. I gather leaves which are used to botanically print the bases for my embroideries. As the leaves imprint, I see them as being fossilized ghosts worked into the fabrics.

Walking in the land, the textures of the ground underfoot change from soft, mossy land to overgrown to marshy to tangled roots. Moving through forest, arable fields, marshland and riverside are observed and recorded; the dogwood whose leaves yield the most beautiful lime greens, the oak which is most preferred by the oak gall wasps, the swathes of butterbur, the wild geraniums and the various wonderful lichens. My work is broken into grids which tell the story of those familiar steps along these trails which I walk most days.

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