With the threatening possibility of another nucellar power station to be built at Sizewell on the Suffolk cost, I felt compelled to use it as my inspiration for The Power of Stitch.
This was very much out of my comfort zone, I have a need to reproduce beautiful things that I see or experience using fabric and stitch, not stark reminders of how we are polluting our world. As so often happens with my work, the more photos of Sizewell power station I took, in different lights, times of the day and at different angles, the more I noticed the blocks of buildings and the shadows they formed on each other. From these photos my inspiration for this body of work grew.
During my ‘gap year’ from EAST, sadly missing the tremendous success of their exhibition and work for Transformation, I became very interested in reading about the endless hard work of crofters in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, called Alleghenies to the Hebrides by Margaret Fay Shaw. My great grandparents, who were shepherd and herds-woman on the Isle of Coll led such a life. Most things in this gruelling existence revolved around the gathering or digging and drying of peat, without which they could not cook, wash or keep warm and dry. Peat digging was a necessity not a luxury for our potted plants.
Peat is a truly fascinating, living environment for so much diverse wildlife.
I am looking forward to sharing these new inspirations with you in the future.