The technique used is often referred to as “free stitch” and is achieved using a sewing machine, by disarming the settings and using the darning stitch; the needle roams the fabric with the guidance of ones hand. With a firm control of the technique, fine detail can be achieved. Various materials and techniques assist the process, which allow for sewing over many threads that would otherwise get tangled. I have developed my own techniques through experimentation and parts of the process are random, especially the first layers. This dictates the outcome to a large degree as I build the layers creating contrasts or movement using colour and texture.
All fabrics used are collected off-cuts, old swatch books and clothes; that would otherwise be thrown away. The fabrics are shredded using a rotor blade and can also be cut into specific shapes. Mohair, wool and the various threads incorporated are donated from people’s scraps and excess.
The traditional technique of sewing has been deconstructed, with fabrics being torn, randomly positioned and meandering stitching, reflecting modern society where the fabric of societies traditions and boundaries have been torn and threaded. Precious sentiments are being challenged in favour of a lighter, more accessible approach.