Outside In chose Aradne to be Artist of the Month for July 2012
I use machine embroidery techniques to create figures, birds, insects, flowers and text which come together in reticulate structures. I consider the way I work as 'Textile Collage' as I assemble the figures in an intuitive manner. I see the way I work as a language or a tool to communicate how I see the world in my imagination not as a record of things seen. I don't know where the images come from, but they do stem from my childhood and resemble the drawings in my sketch books. I always stitch automatically straight onto the fabric, without drawing them first. Each web like structure is created on fine muslin, nylon or dissolvable fabric, mainly in black and white stitch or in a limited colour palette . I like to experiment and develop my ideas as I am working, forever changing the piece, sometimes incorporating previous works into a new creation, until I feel satisfied it conveys the message I wish to get across.