London, United Kingdom
Inspiration in the Urban
Never leave home without a scarf and lipstick’ was the advice from my gran when departing to become a banker. Since then, I’ve always worn a silk square around my neck. It was my talisman, my protector, my bit of colour in a world of grey suits. Financial crises, short-termism, forgetting who the client was… shrivelled my joy of the city. It was time to pursue old passions; textiles design. Through art and photography I wanted to reclaim what had become alien.
I transform the urban silhouette by highlighting its beauty to the wearer, whether portrayed as a Pimlico parking line, a Westminster pavement stone pegged with chewing gum, or a Hackney manhole cover.
Embracing the City
A metropolis can seem like a place endless sea of grey; the pavement, the buildings, the workers in their suits. Many miss the stories in this grey patina. Many miss the passage of time witnessed by the streets.
The Beauty of the Street
As a textile artist, through my magical eyes, the splodges of gum becomes an urban ‘milky way’. A parking line with its patina of paint becomes the most beautiful shawl. The bark of a London Plane tree becomes a visual texture to be celebrated.
Graffiti punctuates the city landscape with its wit, colour and commentary. So do the pavement stones, the gum, the parking lines. Most cannot see its beauty.
Using psychogeography, my camera and modern craft tools these images are transformed to reveal its beauty. The craft is separating the greys into 20 or more layers. Each grey is then recoloured, reconfigured, and may be repeated, as the texture is built up. This captures a moment of wonderment.