Having been taught embroidery by my grandma, I dabbled in many stitch-based creative activities until I found free machining, which became, and still is, my favourite technique.
Many things inspire me – ancient marks in stone, particularly Pictish symbols; sea- and landscapes; old, worn surfaces whether on a rotting hulk or a carefully darned sheet; interpreting places I have been in an abstract way.
When edge members were given the opportunity to select a poem to interpret for exhibition, from Gerda Stevenson’s 2018 volume, Quines – poems in tribute to women of Scotland, I worked on Rest Time in the Life Class, a protest about women in the 1920s having to give up work when they married. I then chose At Miss Eardley’s and stitched a version of one of her Glasgow street kids and mounted it on a background reminiscent of the graffiti walls of the Gorbals.
Latterly, some of my work has had a figurative element. I was particularly disturbed by the migrant crisis, and the rise in homelessness in my city. Figures depicting these sad situations appeared in some pieces. Mixed media including printing is often apparent in my work. I love that in textile art, anything goes!