Living in Starcross, I spend much time walking in nature while wondering about why modern society squanders what should be treasured. My submission for TRAIL, ‘Empty Nests’, explores both this theme of wastefulness and also the sense of the freedom/loss I am experiencing with my daughters moving away from home. I have sewn and knitted since a child and now, with more time to devote to making in my spare time, have been experimenting with developing textile art techniques.
Making ‘Empty Nests’ for TRAIL (and needing to fulfil the brief of 70% of materials being re-cycled) has challenged me to sew with discarded fishing line, driftwood, seaweed, horse hair, paper, plastics, straw, sheep’s fleece, yarn, feathers, moss, used fabrics, re-claimed embroidery frames, and old silk threads. I have sought inspiration from local textile artists, international artists sharing on social media sites and been heavily influenced by Japanese traditions of boro stitching and shibori dyeing. What is normally thrown away during a sewing project or after unpacking the weekly shop, I determined to recycle into something beautiful and of worth so that these objects might be seen afresh.