I use a range of 2D and 3D work in my creative practice including hand-blocked printed wallpaper, fine laser cuts in paper and Computer Aided Design Shima power knitted fine lace knitted textiles – all of which are inspired but not constrained by my inspiration which is Shetland cobweb lace. I create the work as a narrative to respond to place, tradition, heritage and culture. I travel back to the original site of inspiration to place the textiles and paper back into the landscape to create site-specific photographic work. Most recently, I have returned to Shetland to place the pieces back into derelict Croft Houses which acted as a celebration and testimony to the previous generations of inhabitants who were knitters by occupation who lived in these homes.
In February 2018, I was awarded an Arts Council, Making Ways R&D Grant to return to Shetland to work with the lace knitters of Unst and to create site specific works in abandoned croft houses on the Island. In May 2018, I returned to Shetland, to the Island of Unst to record the oral histories of lace knitters still living on the island and to make site specific work in derelict croft houses using textiles and digital laser cuts placed in the windows to play with place, natural light and the view – as if seen by previous generations of women living there, through a curtain .
In October 2018, I moved my work into a small studio space at Sheffield Institute of Arts when joining the AA2A Artist Residency Programme at Sheffield Hallam University and I continue to develop my experimental digital laser cuts by learning and using the extensive resources at SHU. Currently, I’m is working on block printing my lace designs on to walls to create the overall feeling of an imperfect lace fabric or cobeweb shawl and continues to revisit the sites of inspiration across Shetland to create site-specific work. Since October2nd, I have been living and working on Fair Isle at the generous offer of Mati Ventrillon, Fair Isle Knitwear as intern. In my spare time, I have been cutting and knitting grass.
Below, Site-specific work, Bressay, August 2019.
Below, Hand blocked print of Bird’s Eye lace
Sheffield Institute of Arts, March 2019.