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  • Cockles
  • Photo Lace
  • Tread Softly
  • Final Curtain
  • Shells
  • Tomato
  • Valley
  • Vest
  • PaperWorks
  • Little Things
  • Empty Nest
  • My Olympics
  • Movement
  • Horizons
  • DIS/rupt

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Cockles

Shibori cockle shell shapes in printed silk organza refers to childhood memories of the Welsh coast and my mother.

To Warm the Cockles of Your Heart To Warm the Cockles of Your Heart- detail To Warm the Cockles of Your Heart- detail Cockle Kiss Cockle Lines Cockle Shells

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Photo lace

Suspended lace-like structures made of stitched fragments of photos and fabrics that bring together memories of family life.

The Three of Us Progression-detail Photo Mosaic Photo Mosaic-detail Progression in Drapes Progression The Three of Us-detail
Family Ties, installation 1 Family Ties installation 2 Family Ties, installation 3 Family Ties, installation 4 Family Ties, detail

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Tread Softly

Foot steps across a path of tiny fragments assembled with stitch refer to a quote from the poem by W B Yeats, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." This piece was selected as part of the Pfaff Art Embroidery exhibition 2009.

Tread Softly - detail Tread Softly - detail Tread Softly - detail Tread Softly - detail Tread Softly - detail Tread Softly Mini Tread Softly

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Final Curtain

An undulating textile wall hanging made with fragments of stitched photographs and fabrics.

Final Curtain Final Curtain-detail Final Curtain-detail Final Curtain-detail Final Curtain-detail Wrapped Photo

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Shells

The Japanese method of Shibori creates 3dimensional shapes inspired by spirally shells. A different Shibori method creates 3 dimensional egg shapes formed around moulds of eggs.

In the Beginning Free Range Shelter Collection; gallery view Shelter Collection; detail Shelter Collection; detail Shelter Collection;detail Shibori Sample
Stitched Shibori Sample

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Tomato

'How to Manufacture a Tomato Dress' installation was part of a Textile Study Group exhibition at 'Enginuity', Ironbridge. Each 'dress' was made from Shibori method of steam setting silk organza with masses of marbles.

Tomato Tomato Tomato Tomato Tomato Tomato

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Valley
An undulating textile hanging made from fragments of photographs and fabrics stitched together to form a lace-like textile to celebrate my Welsh family origins.

Valley Valley Valley Valley

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Vest

An art 'vest' decorated with computerised stitched rings and cut holes to celebrate the contribution of the 'Flowerers' who embroidered flowers by hand before the automated machine them redundant.

Vest Vest Vest

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Paperwork
Textile pieces using fragments of paper threaded or stitched together.

Life Line detail - top section Life Line - detail Life Line - detail Life Line - detail Cactus Study Cactus Study Cactus Study
Cactus Study Cactus Study Cactus Study Humming the Air Humming the Air-detail Humming the Air-detail Secheresse
Life Line lower section Watching and Waiting Along the Faultline

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Little Things
Small fragments of cloth and items associated with the new born baby.

Little Things 2 Little Things 2 - detail Little Things 3 Little Things 4 Little Things 6 Little Things 7 Little Things 8
Little Things 9 Little Things 10 Little Things 11 - detail Little Things 1 - detail Little Things 12 - detail Little Things 5

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Empty Nest

Based on the empty baby's bonnet made of translucent net, this piece forms a nest-like structure using white Somerset willow and paper lace.

Suspended form of willow and paper lace Suspended form; side view Empty Nest, detail Empty Nest, detail

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My Olympics
Each day I walk, bend, stretch, lean and crouch. My own very personal pentathlon. This might be enough to keep me fit if not to win gold. The inspiration for these women of action is the work of Eadweard Muybridge. 'Stretching' is a digital print onto silk chiffon. 'Pentathlete' is several different digital prints of stitched drawings onto silk organza.

Stretching - detail Pentathlete - detail Pentathlete Stretching

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Movement
Inspiration taken from the rhythm of movement

Murmuring detail Murmuring Sunset Ballet detail Sunset Ballet

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Horizons

A study of horizons as landscape features and as symbolic ideas.

A Walk along wetland margins Discovery beneath the layers Past lives revealed along coastal edges Uncertain horizons And then the clouds cleared And then the clouds cleared - detail Between me and the sky
Between me and the sky - detail

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DIS/rupt

In response to the challenging theme of disruption with the Textile Study Group: 'Dispatched with a kiss'. Based on a story of one refugee boy who seeks refuge in the UK after seeing his father killed by Isis in Afghanistan. His mother kissed him on the cheek and told him to run. He says he can still feel her kiss on his cheek. This 4 metre long piece tells his story of his flight from the peaceful life, on the left, to his trek across Europe to Calais and then the UK. Fragments of fabric are threaded onto steel threads to denote the millions of others making the same journey.

Full view - 4 metres long - symbolising the flight of refugees Left hand end symbolising the calm and secure village life before Isis arrives to disrupt and disperse people Centre section showing orange 'high vis' fabric fragments worn by refugees on sea crossings Distance view from right hand end showing dispersed fragments with multiple shadows Suspended forms at right hand end - trainer shoes with embroidered laces 'I can still feel her kiss on my cheek'
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