I am a fibre artist, living near Totnes, weaving hand-made tapestries. I also teach Mindfulness Meditation, hence, my work is strongly influenced by mindfulness and neuroscience and is an intimate reflection of my personal journey. I used to be a Clinical Psychologist, and before that a Macmillan nurse, and inevitably, the intimate connection with inner landscapes of fellow humans feeds my work as well.
‘Threads catching light’ is a theme of my work - I incorporate metal wire in my work to represent this. For me, it symbolizes the gold which emerges from those wounded places in ourselves when they are ‘broken open.’ An intention of my current work is to speak to the beauty that can blossom from within us when we can tenderly embrace those wounds. I am touched by how the Japanese art of Kintsugi gives expression to this concept in the form of gold and precious metals used to repair broken ceramics: the beauty of the gold in the break enhances the overall beauty. Of course, embracing our human frailty also means finding a way of being with our imperfections, even celebrating them, and so I make space for wabi sabi, the honouring of impermanence and imperfection, which of course is part of our humanity.
Hand-woven tapestry is a slow, meditative art form. I'm gratified that my work has evoked deep emotional responses for the viewer and, as such, has been transformational. I wish for it to touch the tender place that we all have in our hearts.