I spend a lot of my time in the marginal world, a place between reality and fantasy, where creatures of my imagination roam onto the borders of daily life.
On the fringe, where two different worlds overlap, is the place where I do all my dreaming. I stand with my back to the crowds and the dreary, grimy reality, stare out at the endless mysterious worlds and flex my imagination and my wings. I listen to every story that is told. You see things more clearly from the marginal world. Life is a continual exchange.. like the tides that come in and roll out. Like the giant birds, that travel this marginal area, they become the product of a mysterious world beyond reality.
Late in 2008 I started on a new body of works…. “MEMORY CLOTH”. This series extended my thoughts even beyond what I feel is possible.I will be considering how the cloth is hung on the wall… not rigid as in the ‘traditional’way of exhibiting, but allowing the cloth to retain a “memory” in the folds that are free to form!
During the period of time that I have been a “Quilt maker”, I have struggled with having to conform with the “strict rules” of quilt-making!! Always constantly being reminded that my seams were never straight and that my points never met perfectly and that I “should” only use the traditional cloth, cotton, to make a quilt, I found, to my huge relief, that there was another way of expressing my emotions! The emergence of “the Contemporary Quilt”, gave me the answers that I have always been looking for…to be able to “do” what I wanted to do, without the constant nagging of the traditionalists!
To have the freedom to use cloth that held the knowledge of a previous owner. To use cloth that maybe a bit worn! To hand stitch, but never with a perfect stitch or thread!To be able to play in the dirt and the leaves, to colour this precious cloth! To be able to set your own “rules”, if you really needed them! To have the “guts” to put your strongest emotion into your work! And, to have your work accepted by your peers, without any criticism! My work is inspired by emotions of the environment, the world events and emotions of everyday life. Seems that there is much to tell and no doubt I will have a lot more to say, in my quilts, in the future.
Digital Art is another field that I work with to keep my creative juices flowing! I belong to 5 “online” digital challenge groups and like to make at least one piece of digital art a week for each group. It allows me the freedom that I do not have with cloth! I also make collage works, art journals and run a workshop organization in Australia, Fibre Arts Australia.