Paper, quink, recycled fabrics, threadTriptych of 10cm balls
In our ever changing climate, we need to cherish our world to ensure it's survival. This piece is made from traditional temari covered in handmade paper thread made in the Japanese method, and left outside to weather for a month. The thread is then removed and then restructured on to as many balls as it will cover.
Using a standard embroidery transfer, this piece shows the gradual deterioration of skill associated with age and dementia. The top of the piece shows the finest motor skills and understanding of the process of embroidery, whilst the bottom illustrates how a person may want to use previous skills, but has no memory of how to blend colours, use thread weights, follow designs and at some stage the completion of certain elements are beyond the limitations of the embroideress.
Polyester Organza, paper, old quilt204cm x 204cm x 10cm
The work of many thousands of makers, both named and unknown, enable me to push the boundaries of work today. This is a copy of a traditional red and white quilt, re made in transparent fabrics patterned with paper lamination.
Examining the working lives of women who worked in fustian factories who would walk the equivalent of Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent and back in a working week walking around the Fustian tables slitting the pile of the fabric. This is approximately 91 miles a week, represented by 91 miles of thread worked in 48 separate hour-long panels of machine fringing.
Polyester organza, silk, paper, thread99cm x 102cm
Dementia reveals that memory has many layers which are gradually revealed and subsequently hidden as the condition progresses. There are some things that are so key they are the last to disappear. For my father, this was his life as an inshore fisherman.