I am a London based self-taught textile artist, born in Belfast a teenager of the good Friday agreement. I came to art later in life, after a career in fashion, textiles have always been my language and storytelling in my blood. Blending mythology, personal experiences and current socio-political movements my work links the past and the present. As an avid reader of contemporary and classic inter-sectional feminist literature, my mind is always occupied by the ways we need to change our world for the better.
Sustainability is at the centre of my practice, I use ‘found’ fabrics collected from fashion alteration services as well as London factory surplus. The textiles are then used in a mixture of applique, experimental fabric manipulation and embroidery to create figurative and abstract art. Revisiting what was traditionally seen as ‘women’s work’ with a contemporary lens and using the laborious hand processes often forgotten in our fast - paced digital age.
Please consider donating what you can to the below charities:
The Black curriculum- Re-imagining the future of education through Black British history
The Art of Hope -providing trauma relief for Syrian refugees through art therapy and vocational training
End Violence against women- UK coalition campaigning to end violence against all women and girls
Dahlia Project - supporting survivors of Female Genital Mutilation
Alliance for Choice - Pro choice Northern Ireland
Photographs by Gordon Stabbins