I am interested in both weaving and dyeing. Integrating woven structure with dye chemistry in such a way that the combination is greater than the sum of the parts is both fascinating and conflicting. Weaving is slow and particular; dyeing can be recklessly fast and uncontrollable. Plant (and occasional bug) based colour is challenging with linen. Using plants that are harvested close to home, supplemented by purchased natural dyes, presents limitations.
Now questions about early plant and animal beings, the architecture of plants, fungi, arise. Drawing, weaving, 3D, deploying local clay/soil become tools for evoking signifiers of life’s beginnings. The vulnerable, layered, multiple lives and functions around us and beneath our feet are too complex to grasp. But the attempt offers an imaginary world of shapes, forms and colours, and narratives that might be articulated by combining processes that evoke a similar if more elementary kind of complexity.