My work, research and practice is designed to (re)imagine a past — in the present — for the future."

 

I am an artist who works with textile waste and the discarded. I am a designer who transforms waste, utilizes obsolete clothing and textile machinery and incorporates traditional artisanal techniques in response to the society we live in. I remix mending and artisanal handcraft applications with obsolete and digital technologies derived from my formal training in fashion, textiles and printmaking in order to produce by-products that act as a reminder of what is often left behind.

Mending has always been apart of my vocabulary and way of thinking.  It is both physically and metaphorically embedded into every aspect of my research and practice as an artist. I employ various forms of mending applications to found/discarded objects, clothing and textile waste through the use of tools I collect and (re)imagine.

From the clothing I remade as a child to the salvaging of discarded textiles, garments, obsolete machinery and industrial tools/waste — I perform acts of visible mending to honour and transform the history of the objects, tools and materials I use.

As a trained designer in fashion and textiles my acquired knowledge and skill set allows for an ability to combine artisanal manual applications with discarded industrial technologies.   My practice in the field of textiles, fashion and art is liminally positioned between that of artist, craftsperson, labourer, engineer, ecologist, inventor, alchemist, archeologist, DJ and keeper of the earth.  I surround myself with remnants, discards, castoffs and waste only to immerse myself in an environment designed to transform, remix and reverse engineer their previous life and use.

I salvage, collect, observe and organize tools, materials and patterns that allow for the creation of new forms and applications. I revisit old forms of making and obsolete tools with the intention to visibly mend their use into present day practices.  This approach in method informs my use of these technologies and applications in ways that are not linear.  It allows for me to tell a story and travel along forgotten pathways.  It encourages new discoveries through rediscovery.  It takes me on a journey into the here and now.