The relationship of walking and drawing is important to me and over the past few years I have sought out residencies and made study visits abroad where I could combine the two interlinked activities. I have chosen unusual places to visit such as Finland, Japan, Slovenia and Peru and the landscapes have each evoked a strong feeling for me.
I love to work directly in a sketchbook to record landscape as I walk and draw. Being in nature gives me a way of finding out what interests me, responding in colour to the lyrical qualities of the landscape that I find when I am walking through it. In particular I have used a zigzag/concertina format for a sketchbook because I like the way it physically expands.
I further develop the book by adding more colour, ink, writing, sewing threads, photographs and prints. I want the book to really convey the excitement and experience of the journey I have been making.
In 2013, I had a month’s Print Residency in Slovenia. I stayed in a wooden house in a small village high up in the hills and each morning I would stop and draw from the vineyards on my way down to the studio space in the local town
I worked on a series of silkscreen prints and a small fold-out booklet. These images were enlarged to become huge transparent hangings that were suspended from the ceiling, giving the feeling of entering a book and being amongst the vines. I also made four large landscape studies using oil sticks on watercolour paper.
I like to make sewings too, stitching with disparate materials such as ribbon, rope, string and thread. I make very small pieces as well as bigger, experimental ones. I made a long, horizontal rope piece, using different coloured materials that were tied and twisted together,responding to the vines.
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