85 x 26 x 18 mm
Sculpture: adapted basketry and lace-making techniques, using floristry wire, local and introduced grasses, and raffia
‘I am a fibre/textile artist, with a predominantly sculptural practice. My work with stitched grasses has been developing over the last 15 years and is based on adapted basketry techniques, including coiling, twining and netting. Grass threads are stitched and woven together to create a lace-like surface, which is held in place by a more structural element such as cane or covered wire.
Grass as a material holds a wealth of meaning within its flimsy threads. The ephemeral and non-precious aspects of grass are a rich territory in which to speak of fragility and strength, the disregarding of the natural world in which we live and our own physical connection with nature. Our bodies are composed of fibres, in our bones, muscles and skin. The precariousness of human existence, and our tenuous relationship with the natural environment, are issues which are at the heart of my practice.’