As an artist my current work focuses on the tensions that exist between what women in Western Society want to do and what cultural stereotypes suggest they ought to be doing. I am also interested in the part played by both traditional and contemporary media portrayals of women displayed for public consumption in creating a crisis of identity for both men and women.
For the Domestic Bliss series of works the scene is set using recycled business shirts carefully selected for their tone and pattern. These shirts represent both the presence yet conspicuous absence of the men in the domestic scene and also the mind-numbing repetitiveness of mundane household tasks such as the washing and ironing of said shirts. By appropriating genuine 1950’s imagery and combining it with my own text I can create new possibilities that disturb what at first glance appears to be a straightforward domestic scene. Here the technique involves using dense machine stitching to “mix” multiple shades of ordinary household threads on the canvas in a painterly fashion thus combining my twin passions of drawing and stitch in a fun and I hope, entertaining way.
As a couturier I create bespoke clothing including wedding dresses, embroidered waistcoats and other art-to-wear items. I offer a complete made to measure service and can work to your designs or produce one for you. I can source intersting fabrics or create individual ones to empahasis a design.