I am a hand-weaver and dyer specialising in the technique of ikat; resist-dyeing yarn prior to weaving. I find excitement in the layering of colour and the reveal of the final warp design on the loom. The movement of colour is enhanced when the warp is tensioned and the individual strands take placement, making each design unique. I have always been drawn to nature for inspiration, and I capture the elements of the forest through photography. I extract colours and textures from my photographs through my use of ikat and innovative materials to create a multitude of layers within my woven designs.
My first project, Ikat in Motion, was inspired by my journeys to and from university. I drive 300 miles per week, and my aim was to specifically capture the movement of what I see whilst driving, which only permits me to capture transient glances of the colours. I took photographs whilst moving through an autumnal woodland, where both the movement and manipulation of the shutter speed on the camera enabled me to recreate the blurred effect as seen through my windscreen. I have translated my photographs through the technique of ikat, which has created movement of colour within my woven outcomes.
Engulfed by the Forest is a tribute to British woodlands. Continuing my experimentation of ikat, my colour palette was influenced by moss and lichen, while the filtering of light through trees motivated a design that produces unique, bold shadows. Peeling layers of bark inspired the hiding and exposing of ikat throughout my designs. By introducing the novel materials of cork and raffia, I have adapted the traditional ikat technique with a sustainable, innovative twist. I was delighted to be awarded a bursary by the Textile Society in support of this project.
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