BATH, United Kingdom
I create 'wearable art' accessories, of pleated silk. They can be single layered, or have many layers of silk, depending on their design. Unique to this method of pleating (a traditional Japanese form of Shibori) are the colour contrast along the peaks, making each accessory almost irridescent as it is worn. Each piece is hand-dyed, hand-pleated and overdyed - the finished pieces are luxurious to wear and mesmerising to observe.
And absolutely unique; although I can approximately reproduce a colourway, it can never be exactly the same. Colour is fundamental to my work, particularly subtle gradations that can be found in nature. I am also inspired by the patterns and structures that are found in natural objects, and strive always to create the most sculpted and visually exciting pieces possible. I grow many of the flowers and shrubs that are my inspiration in my garden in Bath - Tree Paeonies, Acers, Lilies, Nerines. I became a professional designer/maker after completing an MA in Textile Design in 2008, and after 20 years' as a psychotherapist in private practice. I had become a specialist in print and devore (etching velvet), but while on the MA, changed my focus to pleating - another way of creating texture in fabric. The last 6 years have been roller-coaster-like, with exhibitions and opportunities opening up worldwide - I am having a very exciting time!Read less
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