I use rescued textiles, objects, drawings, text, and natural and digital materials to weave together a rich and complex practice exploring themes of fragility, repair, sustainability, powerlessness and legacy. My works give voice and artistic solace to the silenced and overlooked in society: survivors, unknown poets, deceased mothers. I champion the humble and the frayed, and rescue the discarded remnants of a throwaway world.


Cloth and thread as metaphor is a recurring motif in my practice. In Blue Notes, the ragged strength of worn, indigo-dyed textiles forms the basis for an exploration of my mother’s poetry. My mother, an accomplished poet, passed away six months before I started this body of work. Fragments of poems lie underfoot to be read and absorbed as embodied language, referencing silence, covert collaboration and burial.

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