Saturday, 5 December 2009

John Dunsmore Scholarship

The John Dunsmore Travel Scholarship was an amazing experience. Staying there for 7 weeks has given me a good insight to the Nepalese way of living. The scholarship enabled me to travel to a remote area of north-east Nepal, in the Sankhuwasabha District, to work with a group Nepalese women who use nettle fibre to make textile crafts and products.

Click here to view photos and read a little more of what I did there.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

A bit of Press...

A leather and crochet piece selected for Textile View magazine.

I have always liked the articles and work in Crafts magazine so it was nice surprise to see my stuff in there!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Part of the work from the last exhibition, Entomological Knits, will be showcased in the lovely store Few and Far, in South Kensington this September so pop in to view it.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

RCA Summer Show 2009
"Entomological Knits"

I felt many forms of needlecraft have slowly disappeared throughout the years. I wanted to represent this but through the craft I knew best. I felt displaying the knitted pieces in a museum setting, behind glass with labels, would make the viewer wonder. Were the knits precious? Was there any special about them? I thought taking away the ability to touch the objects would encourage the viewer to look. I added labels with detailed technical knitting information for the more curious viewers. Although I wanted to move away from garments, I thought about where knitting came from and even after many centuries, knitting is still deeply rooted in garments. I looked at knitting patterns in vintage craft books and became very engaged with the construction and techniques ; details in sock heels, pockets, gussets, ribs, etc. I felt they were such beautiful objects and were lost within garments. These details play a different role when separated from the rest of the garment. The idea for repeating each detail with different colours came from looking at the current trend of manufacturing garments which usually are massed produced, and repeated again and again in different colours. But the main aim was to create an atomsphere for people to reflect and look at knitting in a different way.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

RCA Work In Progress Exhibition
January 2009