Over a number of years, I have used textile making to express difficult emotional experiences, not as a way of keeping my hands busy, but more about creating something positive from distress. By the time these pieces are exhibited, the turmoil which created them is ancient history and the finished work becomes independent from the stories it tells.
I enjoy reclaiming the word ‘Spinster’, which originally meant one who spins thread. This piece is made from strips of love letters, spun into yarn on an antique wooden spindle.
Cross stitch, found objects, paper. 2016
In these pieces, the oak leaf is a symbol of a relationship which started as strong and reliable and soon became fragile and withered.
Oak leaf, dyed silk organza, hand embroidery. 2016
Hand embroidery, pins. 2016-7
The spoon was a gift from my ex and I have bound it with threads, representing the loosened bonds of love. The threads are dyed with plants from where lived.
Vintage spoon, naturally dyed threads, knotting. 2016
I began this piece as I waited for things to get better and intended to add more words. It became impossible to continue in this situation and with this embroidery, so it became simply ‘Wait”.
Naturally-dyed vintage cloth, hand embroidery, 2016
The darning of a threadbare duster is an act of futility, like trying to hold together a relationship which is beyond repair.
Worn out duster, hand embroidery. 2017