What do you do?
I am a mixed media textile artist. I am a member of Untethered Fibre Artists. Working with textiles with an arty leaning is in my genes.
When, how and why did you get into it?
I come from a background of Scottish weavers and an English grandmother who was an artist’s apprentice. My father was a self-taught artist so I have been surrounded by “home grown” art all my life. I like quirky artworks and my personal collection of works has kindly been called “eclectic”.
Who/what influences you as an artist?
I reflect on day-to-day events in my life and those of people around me. My most recent piece of work, ‘There are Two Tides to this Story’, was to be about a friend’s marriage breakdown but the work didn’t resonate with me until I made it about my own experience. I particularly like figurative art as opposed to abstract art. And as I see myself as a storyteller, I am also drawn to artists whose works tell a story. Especially a personal story. Frida Kahlo is an artist I admire, although the pain in her work can be difficult to observe and absorb.
Of what are you proudest so far?
I very much value the support of members of Untethered Fibre Artists. We share a sense of fun and a commitment to work together, mentoring and engaging constructively with one another’s work.
What are your plans for the future?
My textile works are about “every day” circumstances or emotions. In the text I write, I like to play with words. Reading the text carefully, a word or words can have a double meaning. This double meaning, I hope, can leave the viewer with a sense of surprise. Grayson Perry wrote that, “It is his job to notice things that other people don’t notice”. I am hoping to continue to create works based on my observations and experiences, which will resonate with the viewer and have meaning. I invite the viewer of my work to read the text, look closely at the figures and reflect on the story/message being told.
What are your upcoming exhibitions?
‘There are Two Tides to this Story’ and a second piece of work ‘Knit One, Unravel One’ will be on display as part of ebb and flow, the Untethered Fibre Artists exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre, Friday March 10 – Sunday April 2. The ebb and flow exhibition will then travel to Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook from May 12 – July 2.