This body of work is inspired by the way that the sea behaves at the coastline, particularly the rocky terrain here on Portland.
Canvas is stitched and shaped before being either primed and painted with acrylic inks, or even cast in porcelain.
This series of work has been inspired by the marks in rock found along the Dorset coast, including the Portland limestone and blue marl with numerous fossils to the west.
I have explored this theme using embroidery on naturally dyed fabrics, shadow embroideries and mixed media painting on gessoed embroidered canvas.
Collaborative ceramics and textiles works created with Stephen Yates. Exploring ideas around repair and function vs aesthetics.
Digital Textile Designs
Both pattern repeats and digitally printed 100% habatoi silk scarves with rolled hems. Contact email@example.com for sales information.
Waterlilies and Gunerra scarf designs
In 90cm squares, 120x40cm long scarves and 30cm pocket squares.
Pictured are 90cm square scarves.
A repeat fabric design available in a variety of finishes, including oil cloth.
In 2017 I was invited along with Stephen Yates to be artists in residence for a gallery in NSW, Australia for a month. We worked alongside local artists in a series of plein air painting events, and were taken to a number of locations by our hosts for inspiration.
Completed works were displayed in an evolving exhibition that remained part of the sales collection after our departure.
On our travels I was struck by the colours of the sand and indulged my love of collecting ‘treasures’. I collected small sand samples at various locations and ground them to form pigment.
Through a process of experimentation I was able to formulate a printing ink. The linocut designs were based on drawings of seeds and shells collected on location with the sand samples.
An embroidered appliqué piece from a series of drawings of a banksia cone.
Drawing at Pambula Rivermouth
Mixed media drawing of Lion Rock at Pambula river mouth.
An embroidery using recycled, painted fabric inspired by the quartz seams running through ‘Lion Rock’.
Painting at Merimbula
Tathra Rocks (detail)
Weymouth & Portland Prints
Multiblock experimental linocuts in a variety of colour ways, based on the village of Fortuneswell on Portland.
Backdrawn mono prints inspired by the placing of a worn child’s shoe in the chimney breast of newly built houses on Portland in the Victorian era. The drawings are drawn with my left (non-dominant) hand for a characterful and naive quality.
A playful multi block linocut of a very typical view in Weymouth Old Quay.
Sculpture By The Lakes
Drawings and prints created on a series of plein air days, hosted by Sculpture By The Lakes at Pallington Lakes near Dorchester.
Visual, textural representations of sound inspired by my experience of synaesthesia. These pieces grew out of research into how synaesthesics see music.
Completed during my time studying with Open College of the Arts, it was used in a full page advert for them in Selvedge Magazine (The Knit Issue).