The visual artist speaks: I have tried to tell the story, the stories from my life, in pictures – all the work ends up as abstract – because the story is abstract – obtuse – confused. It is a story of confusion – outsiderness – of not understanding……..not understanding “the rules” etc., how it all works.

This piece is a depiction of exactly that – the central circle is surrounded by strands and strands of different fabrics – different colours, different textures – attached by couching with different threads – literally the fabric of this life.

The beginning:

This picture shows the first six/nine months work – it is a slow and extremely meditative process.


Progress 1:

Almost the end of April and over the previous four days I have done a little more:

Detail from this section:

SAMHAIN – 2008

A couple of months ago I set myself a deadline to finish this by, the outer couching that is, as it has been with me for some years, although I had picked it up earlier this year and started working on it again.  Part of my journey with Soul Food has led me to rediscover my love of textiles, of stitch to be more precise.  The pure joy there is in stitching, creating bit by bit by bit and I love to work by hand as the slowness of the pace allows for much thought and deliberation.  I find it endlessly calming.

Over the past few weeks, in between a few other project pieces, I have done nothing else but stitch and stitch, determined to finish the outer couching by the 31st October, Samhain…..I am so pleased that I made it.   The pictures are not great sadly but, hopefully, I can get better ones at a later date.   It is very dark inside at the moment, so I resorted to the washing line out back….however it is more than a little windy so the piece is not hanging straight, but you can get the general feel of it I think.   The backing is canvas and the patterns/trails/paths have all been formed by couching hundreds, if not thousands of strips of various fabrics to the surface.    What is to go in the centre?  I still have not decided…originally I was going to couch a spiral…..I may still.   For the time-being it is hanging back on my wall where I can see it when I wake – I will know when I have alighted upon the right way to go.  Oh, and it measures approximately 4ft by 4ft, almost as big as the smile on my face!

Just blowin’ in the wind:

A touch closer: