I am a hand weaver focusing on woven artwork for galleries, public, and private spaces, with a particular interest in the traces of humanity’s passage on earth. Within this, I have recently been exploring broken objects, such as ceramics and textiles, with specific reference to the Japanese repair aesthetic of ‘kintsukuroi’: the art of repairing broken pottery with gold and silver lacquer and the understanding that the object is more beautiful for having been broken.
By appropriating this concept, I have developed a ‘puncture and repair’ drawing process which has inspired intricate woven outcomes. Further ‘breaking down’ of material surfaces has led to the use of brushing as a finishing process, in order to change the tactile qualities, and consequent emotional associations, of hand-woven cloth. Additionally, I have begun to use my weaving as a form of intervention in landscape and hope to explore this further in my future practice.
Hand-dyed and handwoven silk: exploring the potential for cloth to have emotional and protective qualities.