A maker and observer of material culture. Her practice is focussed on textiles and society, with a keen eye open to the spectacle all of everyday things. Her practice aims to amplify or facilitate acts of making as a way to understand human action and hence the world we make. She believes an understanding of how to work with materials, replaces old-style consumer materialism, based on fleeting engagement, rapid boredom, dissatisfaction and quick disposal with a different kind of materialism, and that this tacit knowledge produces autonomous and emotional control over our well-being. She wants us to be New Materialists, in which we grow a more deeply pleasurable, and also respectful relationship with the world of ‘things’.
Rhythm and Ritual a collective weaving 6th – 27th April. Part of Patten Power, by Patternity.
The craft of making physical things provides insight into the techniques of experience that can shape our dealings with others. Richard Sennett
All cloth making involves incremental growth, when you knit, weave or quilt you build up structure, row by row, stitch by stitch. Weaving can be thought about as network of threads. The warp threads are stationary in the process of weaving, whilst the weft threads are in motion. A network of people can move the weft threads. Each movement growing out of the one before and laying the groundwork for the next – a tuning of movements to an emergent task. This proximity of shared making fosters socialization and fellowship through the rhythm of working side by side – watching and feeling as you make.