Knitting & Stitching Show

The 2001 Knitting & Stitching Show:

exhibited work






About my work: I am almost always drawing 'dresses' on white paper. I draw to push some memories away and I draw to keep and make some sort of record. I find myself confused facing these 'dresses' which I have drawn. Sometimes I repeat the same shapes over and over again and when I start to think about this and wonder 'why?', I feel I might almost faint away. 

What am I trying to express? When I start to make a new piece, I usually go through the following processes. I draw "dresses' repeatedly until an image forms and settles down into something which I want to make. Whilst making, I push these elements further. I let myself imagine a world surrounding the 'Dress' and feel something of what lies behind it. 'Dresses' start to talk to me, and I can feel their wordless messages. I feel I am building our own world - the dress and I - which it is impossible to see through the eyes. In order to turn this into something solid, I try to work with speed, following my impulses to try and pin down its force and power.

I have started to look for the possibilities of 'dresses' within their own shapes. My 'Dresses' are not 'clothes'. I no longer feel that the 'Dress' is a vacuum that waits to be filled by a body. I want to let them exist, simply, as dresses.
Message: I create my dresses by sewing knitted pieces together, making these shrink by sewing over their surface with many stitches. At first the effect that is produced by this knitting and sewing is small, but as its goes on it starts to gather together with an unexpected power. Without words I can speak - I can say what I want to say and pass my messages to others just through my knitting and sewing.

There are always threads and needles within my reach. Knitting and sewing have been taking such a large part of my time. My world is created by threads and needles.

Three years ago, I visited London for the first time. I enjoyed it very much and it left
me with many memories. Since then, Britain has stayed very much in my affections. 

I am delighted to be able to take part in the 2001 'Knitting & Stitching Show '.