ARTISTS PROFILE: stitchpickings with . . .
STITCHBUSINESS Student of the Year 2018
I attended Goldsmiths in my late twenties to study sociology. It was at this time that I became interested in art and made small spontaneous ‘automatic’ drawings. This is still part of the process I use today.
I don’t always understand the marks I make, but I respect them. I have a keen ‘visual’ interest in science. Reason and faith challenge my inner landscape. I work with boundaries of reality and abstraction.
Sewing began for me when I joined the Embroiderers’ Guild. I met Brenda Marchbank who taught me stitch and respect for the sewing world.
Many people I have met over the past few years have inspired me: members of local groups and Guilds, fellow classmates: Eunjung, Lilian, Heather, Krys and Fiona. Julia and Tracy at STITCHBUSINESS have worked with me and allowed me to get back to basics and ‘get stuff out’. I have a lot to learn but I hope that what I make inspires others
Artists who have influenced my stitch are Cos Ahmet, Diana Harrison and Dorothy Caldwell, who said I should not give up my work. At times I have been encouraged by Damien Hirst’s
Pharmacy. Tacita Dean allowed me to pause and take a breath.
I asked my son to write some thoughts about me, as he knows me best: “I think few can say that they have given their heart and soul to their craft in the way my mum has. I know this first hand because any conversation can make its way to stitches and sewing and this passion is reflected in her work. I am so immensely proud of my mum for achieving this Award and that she has been recognized for the talent and skill I’ve always known her to have.”
Those who know me know how much my son has given to me; I am immensely proud of him too. There are no words and that is always the starting point or point of departure. The place soon becomes inhabited and the ‘elusive’ truth is always out of reach. I don’t strive for perfection but for inclusion.