My first hand was sewing. Then I found knitting, a pastime worked on the lap and taken everywhere. Knitting opened the door to Art School, clothed me and family then became an artform where I learned to design patterns and garments. For some years, I knitted Fair Isle.
Now, I am studying a Masters at Nottingham Trent University in Fashion, Textiles, Knit. I’m specialising in Digital CAD lace knitting produced on the power knit Shima machine.
I have been deeply inspired by Shetland cobweb lace shawls from my visits to Lerwick and main island. Most recently, I take the lace knit back to its historical and inspirational origin in Shetland and make site specific work in derelict croft houses, which explores narratives of place and values of knit production associated with women and the homes in which they lived.
Latterly, I have been making large scale laser cuts in paper, derived from my lace knitting, which is wholly inspired by Shetland, its landscape, people, culture, seasons and derelict vod croft houses.
In May, 2018, I was fortunate to be able to return to Shetland and the Island of Unst on a ‘Making Ways’ R&D Grant. I am completely grateful for this opportunity and am still working with the material.
I take commissions for large scale digitally printed photographic images of my site specific work in Shetland and for lace knitted pieces – please contact me if you are interested in finding out more.
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I’m delighted to say that Making Ways, an ambitious three-year project that will demonstrate, celebrate and develop exceptional contemporary visual art produced in Sheffield, have awarded me a Research and Development Grant to return to Shetland -and travel to Unst to finish my ‘Vod’ An unoccupied empty place series of work – THANK YOU. I will return to Shetland in May 2018.
Tracey Doxey, May 2018
Printed booklet on Site Specific work on request – pdf link below