Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
My work is about words – the ‘sound’ of them, the ‘feel’ of them and the forming of letters. The choice of tool is uninhibited and relevant to the content of the text – therefore my range of writing tools has expanded from nib, through to brush and now to a needle.
My recent work is exploring ‘writing with a needle’ copying the handwriting of a letter into stitch. This is done directly by hand and eye onto a textile without pre-printing. I believe handwriting reveals the personality of the letter writer – to me, it’s like their voice after they’ve gone. I’m fascinated by all those unique details of a handwritten mark….the flow, rhythm, spacing which tell the story of a particular moment in time. When text and textile come together, that person and their story comes to life.