I am a handweaver, based in Dundee on the east coast of Scotland. My approach to making is centered on my love of working with yarn: I can think, design, plan for months, but it is only when I am testing my ideas at the loom that they come to life. Much of my inspiration comes from the cityscape of Dundee, from the grandeur of its waterfront setting to the small details of quirky buildings and everyday living.
A recent development in my work has been to draw on my interest in social and environmental data, and data about Scotland in particular. These data describe patterns which underlie our daily experience but are often difficult to see. I have begun to explore ways of expressing these patterns in cloth, both literally – as woven data graphics – and in more subtle, suggestive ways.
I am passionate about making things by hand. Handweaving is not a single process but a sequence of processes, and each step has its own pleasures and challenges. I find a deep satisfaction in handling every individual thread, discovering surprises in the interaction of warp and weft and, ultimately, realising my vision as woven cloth.