The sculptural forms of wild angelica stand out among the heather and grasses of the Cornish moors in high summer. Their flower-heads can echo the shapes of scudding clouds while golden grasses sway all around. I have hand-dyed satin for the sky while the plant forms stand forward in a collage of silk, satin and velvet. All shimmer in the light.
If you want to feel the wind in your hair this is the place, looking down on the North coast of Cornwall, and the South, and to the west the Land's End. This has been the inspiration for my art; for the handsome outcrops of granite, the rich sea of heather, and the far reaching landscapes all with a backdrop of Ocean.
In my Cornish, woodland garden I know of no flowers that age more intriguingly than hydrangeas. My white hydrangea gradually changes to shades of green while the edges of each flower blush to pink. I have created a textile collage, hand dyeing silks, satins and velvets to describe the changes within each flower.
Gladiolus byzantinus, known locally as Whistling Jacks, where grown in the Penberth valley for the cut flower trade. The fields were neglected for many years but have now been cleared and the Jacks are flourishing. I have created a textile collage based on the glorious sight of magenta purple Gladiolus flowering together with Buttercups and Bluebells.
My wild garden provides much of the inspiration for my textile collages. I have a particular love for the dragonflies that share this garden and river.
The flowers of blue Hydrangeas dip into the golden stream that runs through my garden. Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies flutter their iridescent wings above the water. This is the subject of my new textile collage, the light reflective qualities of the silks, satins and velvets I use translating a scene so full of shifting light.
In high summer the cliffs of Cornwall are a mass of purple and pink Heather. With a background of sunlit sea the sight is glorious. I have created a textile collage describing the rich patterns and colours of our summer on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Porthnanven in the far west of Cornwall has undulating granite bedrock reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. There are also rounded boulders that have worn round rock-pools in the bedrock. I describe these forms in my textile collages using hand-dyed silks and satins.
For those people who have not had the opportunity to visit my studio I have commissioned Savage Films to make a short introductory video.
The aim is to explain the importance of the landscape of Cornwall to my work, and to explain the layers of process that make up my work. One of the limitations of a website is that the subtleties of a work of art are lost on the screen and my hope is to give an idea of the qualities of surface and the complexities of construction in my textile art.
I would welcome any feedback as to whether you feel this is conveyed in the film.