About the images:
(In the same order as on the left.)
The Mysteries: Hand embroidered wall hanging on a found linen tablecloth, using cotton thread. A contemporary art piece exploring the mysteries of science, geometry and the beauty of bacteria and viruses.
The Memory of All Things: Hand embroidered wall hanging, stitched on a found linen cloth, using cotton thread. A contemporary art piece exploring themes of connection through the patterning of old-fashioned tatting.
Prayer for Atoms: A small hand embroidered wall hanging, stitched on a found linen napkin, using cotton thread. A contemporary art piece honouring the fact that we are indeed stardust; home to atoms that are billions of years old.
No Beginning, No End: A large hand embroidered wall hanging, stitched on a found linen tablecloth, using cotton thread. A contemporary art piece celebrating the fecundity and life force that abound in plants.
I am an artist and writer who live in Muizenberg, a small seaside village in Cape Town, South Africa.
During my long career I have variously made slip-cast studio pottery, coiled raku-fired sculptural vessels, screen-printed on fabric and constructed multi-layered glass and wood assemblages, incorporating stitched cloth and paper details.
Currently, I move between painting (oil on canvas) and intricate, stitched narratives that centre around a deeply felt inter-species connectedness, most evident when studying microscopic cellular data across the spectrum of life on our planet. The deeper one looks, leaving the surface behind, the more connected we all seem to be. For this reason I give equal value to the front of my work and the reverse side – the hidden, unseen aspect of reality often contains the more profound truth. I prefer to use found domestic linen or cotton textiles like doilies, tablecloths and tray cloths – wearing battle scars from previous lives – as the base fabric of my work.
Cellular patterning, the morphology and anatomy of all species and the curiosity of naturalists like Theophrastus (who wrote Historia Plantarum, a treatise on plants, between c. 350 BCE and c. 287 BCE) inspire me greatly.
The patience needed to complete a work, one stitch at a time, becomes a meditation on the nature of time, and of the slow passing of time in nature, as cells form and die and transform in the endless cycle of life and death.
If you’re interested in making contact or purchasing any of my work, please contact me through my website.