I indulge in the processes of meticulous creating.
My first such experience was bead weaving and embroidery that I learned as a girl. The idea that I could transform a handful of beads and an ordinary thread into a solid recognisable object appealed to me immensely.
Later in life I discovered many other tactile joys, like the deep mysteries of felted wool and its many variations of millinery, needle, to nuno-felting. I was captivated and surprised by the seeming magic of filaments coming together to create a material that can have limitless forms, possess memory, and in case of nano-felt, has exquisitely lush texture.
After years of investigating various ways in which metal acquires three dimensional form I have finally discovered the chasing and repoussé. It felt extraordinary to experience the clay-like malleability of solid metal that responds to touch and generates almost any form in minute detail.
For me, the main trends that unite these techniques are their ability to create relief forms, their historical legacy, their compatibility with each other, and their endless potential of a tactile and narrative expression.