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 'Drawings in stitch'' and 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 spent in Africa. 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, in black and white stitch or a colour palette that is totally random in selection of colours . 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.