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needles and hooks » About

About

Working mainly in textiles and wool, I use traditional techniques to produce unique modern/contemporary wall hangings, handmade accessories and homeware items.

My current work centres around the translation of mobile phone images, mainly of leaves, flowers and birds onto fabric.  I use a low resolution mobile phone camera which I keep with me at all times to take pictures of anything that catches my eye. These images are then manipulated and arranged using simple computer techniques such as mirroring and repetition.  The images created are then split into component pieces a bit like a jigsaw.  Each jigsaw piece is allocated a fabric to be re-assembled and configured into a unique design

I use a variety of new and used/vintage materials to construct my pieces.  This ranges from upholstery and furnishing fabrics to used denim sourced from pairs of jeans.  I also use a range of hand sourced vintage ribbon and lace to border, separate and contrast my detailed designs.

My influences and inspirations come from far and wide spanning the worlds of visual arts, graphic design, design fashion and architecture.  I am especially influenced and inspired by music particularly minimalist and electronic artists such as Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham.  I also have a passion for artists, bands and composers who have a DIY aesthetic and approach to their work. This DIY aesthetic and approach resonates in my work as a designer maker as I responsible for an object from start to finish.