BRICKS & PIECES
A commission for the Observer Building, Hastings
The Observer Building is a project that contains threads of everything we enjoy about Hastings; a strong sense of community coming together to reclaim places and spaces, and a celebration of the imperfect, bohemian and eclectic aesthetic of the town. I was inspired by the Japanese philosopy of wabi-sabi after studying the building through photography; a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection that lends itself well to an interpretation of the concrete structure. Print techniques such as cyanotype and rust dyeing were used to harness the subtle marks of nature, and the names were added using free machine embroidery, applique, heat transfer paints and hand stitch.
Exhibited as part of the People and Place exhibition for Coastal Currents 2019.
THE GODDESS AS MOTHER
Janey discovered that she was pregnant with her first child on the day she flew from Qatar to India. This concertina book and accompanying mixed media textile pieces is a study of materials through the lens of burgeoning motherhood in the backwaters and tea plantations of Kerala.