Inspiration - Research and experiments in Eucalyptus dyes.
cushion top - 100% natural fibres (reclaimed & commercial), hand dyed, plant dyes, hand embroidered, handmade tassells.
cushion backing/batting - re-claimed and commercial fibres, commercial cotton batting.
plant dyes - mixed Eucalyptus species
machine pieced, hand quilted, 30 x 70 cm.
This is the story of a man who is happy making things with his hands. When I was 16, without any tailoring knowledge I made a pair of pants that I wore to a party, the crotch ripped that night. That was the end of my fashion ambitions, but it did not deter me from the artisanal milieu, and so the story continues. After several years as a shoe designer/maker, I took the opportunity to research & work in textile-based social enterprises in Vietnam, Nepal, China and India. This reinforced the social and environmental care that has always underpinned my ethos as an artisan – slow, functional luxury, made by hand. Taking inspiration from my experiences, I have developed my own textile practice based in Tasmania, Australia. Turning to the immediate environment as my source of raw materials: dyes made from plants, reclaimed wool, cotton & linen. Within a general field of contemporary though iconographic simplicity, I leave room for the chance encounter arising in the natural process – the signature of the Unknown Craftsman. Continuity in the traces of stitching forms lines of diversity that thoughts and feelings can travel down, converging with or diverging from the overall direction. It sustains a history and an ongoing narrative. I think of each piece as a new heirloom.