April 2016 – My Journey
A triptych commissioned by Heaton Baptist Church. The project was about making links with people who attend groups or meetings at the church, finding out how they came to be at this place. I had the dual role of running creative workshops for groups at the church and creating an artwork that would encapsulate the stories of those taking part. In the workshops, we did ‘Spiral Dyeing’ using colour symbolically to represent life journeys. I then used these fabrics as the colour palette for the appliqued artwork.
The triptych was unveiled on April 18th 2016 and the response was fantastic.People were surprised at the scale of the work and at how their fabrics had been incorporated into the image.
Feedback from My Journey
Really quite moving to know so many people have been involved.
It has really captured the essence of our journey I am AMAZED.
Your work is surprising and made me feel a lot of beautiful emotions.
I wasn’t sure about this project before, I didn’t realise how amazing this could be when finished
March 2016- Wise Birds Wise WordsRoom For You arts in health project. I was aware that often people in this ward were passing time by knitting or crocheting. So I ask participants to use their knitting and crochet skills to help create an art installation in the ward window. All the wise owls have messenger bags containing wise words written by either staff, patients or visitors.
January 2016 – St Bede’s Philosophy of CareRoom For You. This was for the St Bede’s Hospice at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I was asked to interpret the text of the unit’s philosophy of care in textiles and with an emphasis on colour. Three different approaches to lettering are used. One panel uses appliqued letters, the second has free machine embroidered words and for the third, computer aided stitch was used. For this final panel staff, patients and visitors were asked to choose a word from the text that had resonance with them – and to select the colour in which it would be stitched.
June 2015 The Heaton Map Project
2014 The Chillingham Road School Proggy Project