Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New Studio

Here are some prints from Honami and me. Inspired by our time together, the colour of the pool (too much algae says the pool man) and an envelope arrived in the post....
It is a bit crowded in our new studio - we are sharing our space with lots of boxes and a boat

New patterns from old

These samples are from my last printing and dyeing session at my old home in Crystal Palace. I was experimenting with simple marks that could transform an existing pattern - using simple resists and indigo. Good bye Crystal Palace and my beautiful garden...

Taking pattern apart with Craftspace

In September I was thrilled to get my first public commission as part of the Craftspace In:site Graduate Festival of Creativity: I had one day to create a piece of work in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral.

I was inspired by the pattern of the cathedral glass and the young muslim women I found praying there - so I designed a series of patterns that could be overlaid as a way of describing peoples' overlapping experiences and journeys across the Cathedral Square.

I printed these as resists with people passing across the Cathedral Square during the course of the 2nd of September, before letting the print dry and dyeing the whole piece with indigo. We then removed the resist - revealing a new and complex pattern. 

Many people came back to see the final piece and find out how their print had been combined with many others - discovering, I hope a strange and new harmony.

Watch a short film of the work  being created at

Many thanks to Craftspace for giving me this opportunity to continue my community pattern-making experiments, to Honami for making our matching aprons, to Karin for making the journey and to everyone who helped make the print