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.
I had the opportunity to make this little video, sitting in-front of a good camera and talking about my artwork.
I love the aesthetic of an orchard with trees in flower and fruit. I have planted the turf below my trees with bulbs and wildflowers so that its season begins at the turn of the year with a flowering meadow that continues through the spring. Favourites among the flowers are the crocuses, but birds like them too and often eat the flowers before I can appreciate their beauty. Meeting a handsome pheasant who had dined well, I decided that rather than be furious I should see this as an opportunity, and so I created this collage in celebration of his beauty as well as the meadow’s.
Snowdrops are the first flowers of the season and fill my garden with their fragile white and green. I love them most where they reach down towards the river and echo the white water as the flow of the river wraps around granite boulders.
Bringing water and plants together in art is particularly satisfying and is for me the essence of this valley.
White crocuses grow in the dappled light of my garden and are a favourite with queen bumblebees in early spring. I have created a collage inspired by these big bumbles and the ethereal white crocus flowers.
A hundred years ago Narcissus were grown commercially in tiny fields on the coast of West Cornwall. These are long neglected and overgrown but each spring flowers emerge to decorate the cliffs with colour.
I was working in the garden when I noticed the buzzing around the tree heather was really loud. A dozen queen bumble-bees were feeding from the flowers. This is my homage to them. Chorus: Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed bumble-bee), solo: Erithacus rubecula (robin).