‘My creative practice revolves round thinking through making, exploration and play.’
I lived for over 20 years on the Isle of Arran off Scotland’s west coast; an environment where the weather is elemental in its effects on the shoreline, wind and water constantly altering its appearance. These changes and the surfaces they threw up, were my sources of inspiration, my need to visualize them constantly impacting on my thinking and making. The methods I used to study these changes in surface qualities are based on traditional textile techniques such as silk painting, printing, stitch and collage. The subsequent integration of these with digital technology allowed me to create ideas more quickly and in greater depth than before, opening up new worlds of creative expression.
Through collaborating with fellow textile artists and researchers, over the years I have developed a deepening interest in reflecting on my practice and found its value in embracing ‘new voices’ for my evolving practice.
One such ‘voice’ of this reflection resulted in an experimental body of work, which sought to represent the transitional nature of the shoreline. Erosion, exposed layers suspended in time have been a special focus with resulting work Seasilks, taking the form of several printed/painted/manipulated 2D and 3D silk pieces; freestanding, wall mounted and suspended. The installation embodied how I felt about the shoreline on the island and my debt to its special qualities. Living on the Isle of Arran influenced my conscious awareness of the metaphysical qualities of the land and sea and how this affects the transient way we view our world.
Another reflective direction in my practice has prompted my undertaking an art practice-based PhD at the University of the West of Scotland, examining how artistic ways of knowing impact on the ageing process. An integral part of the research is a visual articulation of the subjective experience of being an older woman artist. This work unsettles, makes us pause and offers an invitation to re-evaluate our preconceptions of ageing. My research journey has had a profound impact on my creative practice, one I welcome at this point in my life, absorbing me in multi-modal ways of visually communicating and sharing.
The work on this website spans many years of creative exploration; from my open studio practice on the Isle of Arran to my more secluded studio on the Scottish mainland.