Machine embroidery, drawn lines and marks in these Paper Textiles refer directly to drawings made in sketchbooks using pencils, charcoal and ink pens. The pieces aim to capture the spirit and freedom of the birds in flight, as they soar and flock together.
Recent drawings explore the migratory journeys of the beautiful Bewick Swans as they return each year from Northern Russia to the UK.
Whilst drawing the swans, their feathers have intrigued me. Daring to replicate single flight feathers as machine embroidery on paper, I have elevated them to golden relics and articles of beauty, with colours reminiscent of Italian medieval paintings. They are painted and gilded with gold leaf. Framed in large box frames they have the same mystery as those large cabinets and drawers we find in the dark corners of our favourite museums, like the Pitt Rivers and the British Museum.