The enjoyment of hand-stitching has been with me for a long time. While
early traditional practices equipped me with a vocabulary and experience of embroidery, I continue to be inspired by how much more there is to discover in the application of the three components - needle, thread and fabric - as the creative medium for expressing ideas.
Inspiration has mostly been from the visual experience. Works by some 20th century abstract artists attract me. I like to piece and patch fabric in an informal way; the joins form lines which can represent boundaries separating one area from another. They often form geometric shapes: lines, shapes and their relationship to each other are important. Stitching may be applied not only for joining fabrics, but to characterise a boundary, for mark making and to create concentrated areas of interest.
I see patterns and shapes in the environment as inspirational sources; while following the MA Textiles course at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK, I have also become more mindful of the experience of working with materials and how textiles can support a narrative, as well as having a greater awareness of the emotional aspects involved in the stitching process itself.