My current work is, not surprisingly, the fruit of lockdown. When COVID hit I was a mature (debatable) first-year art student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Artist Designer Maker is a brilliant course designed specifically for makers interested in 3D results.
The project I was working on was a wide-ranging exploration of ‘line’ (a basic element of art & design) but my 3D experiments were severely compromised by having to vacate the workshop and relocate to my kitchen table.
I managed to climb out of early isolation-induced paralysis by choosing the theme of ‘hope’ whilst playing with collage and wax. Some of these results will feature in my Artweeks exhibition.
Returning to my project, now with limited space and limited resources, I continued to explore line from many and varied angles.
There was a therapeutic focus in the things I was doing, sometimes by design and sometimes unconsciously. I don’t know where the idea to draw with thread came from but once there, I enjoyed many meditative hours with it.
The straw wrapping, like drawing with thread, was meditative and therapeutic. I didn’t know where it was going but I couldn’t stop doing it. The process itself was simple, repetitive and soothing. Playing with colour, texture and contrast was gentle and gratifying.
An introduction to the work of Agnes Martin catalysed the line project towards its final outcomes. Her simple grids and stripes designed to convey emotional states connected with my own desire to communicate something meaningful with my project’s product and my time in isolation. The first piece was, again, called ‘Hope’.
I created a vast palette of textile wrapped straws using different colours and textures of thread (wool, hemp, jute, cotton, bamboo, silk) which have been used to illustrate a variety of emotions and states of being.
I’m trying to create a visual language through line, thread, colour and texture to articulate metaphor and meaning - sharing a personal dictionary of my own, ‘sensed’, definitions which may, or may not, make sense to others!
My exhibition will include some of the results of the project, framed in a variety of sizes and for sale.