I use a range of techniques including creative embroidery, hand-made felt, free form knitting and mixed media work. Recently I have begun incorporating print and hand-made paper into the surface textures and find this complements the other processes. I use found objects as embellishments and often produce work on a walked journey, so mapping the physical as well as metaphysical landscape.
I like to produce a range of work that is often inspired by a single theme. ‘Etifeddiaeth’ was my reaction to the tragic events recounted in the Welsh epic Cân Heledd or Heledd’s Lament. The poem tells of how, as a result of Heledd’s actions, war descends on her homeland leaving it ravaged, with its people scattered and her family – including her brother, Cynddylan, Lord of Powys – dead, killed in battle. Sitting in the palace Heledd’s lament begins: “Cynddylan’s hall is dark tonight…” . I begin with a simple sketch and let things develop from there.
I have recently begun work on a series of slow stitched maps using indigenous materials to both colour and give texture to background surfaces. As I want the final pieces to be authentic to the environment which inspires them, I do much of the stitching in the landscape. This creates extra layers of meaningfulness.