As an artist I look into making knitting a more profound and widely acknowledged art form. I create work in a very process lead way exploring materials in relation to knitting and how to manipulate the material. I consider myself a Textile Sculpture artist, whilst also producing installation work and using space as a key factor within my work. I love exploring different materials and I am currently exploring expanding foam pushing through knitting and the spaces in-between them, not only as stand alone pieces but also involving other materials such as furniture, specifically chairs.
As I have just come out of a Fine Art Degree, I feel this area of my work has shaped me as an artist, my statement from the show is as follows.
Knitting is often seen as an old constructive craft technique which was used to create garments and blankets for practical use. My work uses the technique in more creative way, to make work that is made in both response and to alleviate the anxiety attacks I suffer from. The repetition of knitting on oversized handmade needles produces large open nets which tower high above the viewer. They are stretched and set in paint, that both conceals and celebrates the yarn and the structure of knitting. The textiles sculptures are stripped of their natural material properties when they are submerged in the paint. Focusing on colour, the work is eye-catching and draws the viewer in to walk up to, around and through the work, this naturally creates movement in the work as they are floating from the ceiling.
Have a look through my website for recent gallery visits, new artwork and a blog on all of my issues and research I am coming across through studying my Masters in Fine Art.