After a lengthy conversation this afternoon with Karen and Angie about the importance of becoming an active participant in the development of the Netwurks Network, I thought that it was about time I wrote my first post, so firstly ‘Hi’ to everyone involved in the Nets Project.
I am studying for an MA at the University of Cumbria and my MA work visually considers the way in which cloth is a container that traps evidence of the maker, user/wearer and carer (mender/launderer). My woven, printed and stitched pieces are like nets that make the invisible visible and allow the viewer to see the hidden traces, both forensic and anthropological, of human contact with the cloth. The work has developed as a response to a personal family collection of clothing and domestic textiles dating from approx 1820 to the present-day – items that carry the thread of human and craft DNA from my ancestors through to myself.
I am also using my family textile collection to develop work for both the International Lace Award and the Nets Project. This work is focussed around the network of open and solid shapes found in lace.
The physical process of making is an important aspect of my practice and I am developing an image, video and animation element, to be projected onto my work, that will evidence some of the hidden elements involved in the making of my work.
I think that that’s enough about me for present but I am very much looking forward to becoming a more active participant in this blog in the future.