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I first encountered tapestry weaving at Edinburgh College of Art where I was a student. From learning the technique there, I have continued to attend numerous short courses given by Louise Martin, which has helped me to advance and to extend my perspectives of what can be achieved. More recently I have been increasingly experimental with my weaving which I plan to develop further. I also enjoy screen printing which can influence my tapestry weaving.
My subject matter comes from my love of nature and the natural world especially the coastline. Fossils, stones, rock and shells are all rich sources of inspiration for me. My tapestry weavings often focus upon reinterpreting natural forms and surfaces through abstraction. I create around the theme of reinvention, of creating new relationships and ways of seeing.
When weaving, I like to explore shape, line, colour with texture in contemporary ways. I use a mix of plant, animal and synthetic yarns and fibres including linen, cotton, silk and wool with a range of threads appropriated from unusual sources like metallic cabling and wiring. Each woven tapestry evolves from an extensive creative process including sketching, drawing, photographing and hand printmaking to help create impactful imagery.