“I work primarily with mixed media including colouring fabrics, fibres and papers with dye, paint and wax to create unique surfaces. I then combine this approach with layering sheer fabrics such as silk gauze, muslin or organza along with embellishments using free hand and machine-stitching. Additional effects include the application of texture. Using heat I seek to ‘distress’ synthetic fabrics, while also adding metal, wood or polymer clay elements. The use of wax enhances the colour and texture of papers and fabrics. For this reason I paint with encaustic medium (beeswax, dammar resin, pigments), sometimes incorporating paper, fabric and fibres.
I enjoy exploiting the common features of fibre art and encaustic such as colour and translucency. The semitransparent qualities of wax create depth and subtle colour variations, as do layers of sheer fabrics. My work is becoming increasingly intuitive and abstracted, using colour, pattern and texture to express time referencing historical landscapes, environmental decay or, more recently, the tempo and rhythms of music.”