And the World Turns

Embroidery on indigo dyed fabric

This piece, consisting of kantha stitch on hand-dyed indigo fabric, was included in the Equinox exhibition organised by South London Women Artists in Marylebone, London, in March 2020.

It represents the sun’s rays travelling around the Earth as the days start lenghtening again in the northern hemisphere as spring arrives.

One in five

Wool and paper

The environment is becoming increasingly fragile in the Anthropocene era, and Kew Gardens estimates that one in five plant species are in danger of extinction due to human activities such as intensive farming, deforestation and construction.

One in Five, featuring five stylised seedpods made from felted wool and paper yarn, was made for Prism Textiles’ Fragility exhibition at Hoxton Arches, 29 May – 9 June 2019.

Photos by Owen Llewellyn

Vision of Jawun

Paper and eucalyptus dye

This vessel was inspired by the bicornual baskets known as jawun made by the rainforest people in northeast Queensland in Australia. Jawun were used to collect and carry food and also as sieves to leach out toxic substances. Typically made from lawyer cane, the baskets were sometimes painted when used for trading or as gifts.

My interpretation of a jawun is a random weave piece made with paper yarn; the lower part was dyed with eucalyptus, a plant indigenous to Australia.

Vision of Jawun featured in the Made 2019 exhibition at Morley Gallery, 28 February- 29 March 2019.

Photos by Owen Llewellyn


Wool and bamboo

This piece was made for an exhibition called Pillow Talk: Conversations with Women, organised by South London Women Artists in collaboration with the Women’s Art Library. It was shown in various locations, including Brixton East, University College London and Tate Modern.

Like the portable Women’s Art Library, snails are nomadic, carrying their home wherever they go. And the spiral is traditionally a symbol of growth as we progress through life. You can gently pull the tip of the spiral up from the centre to create a physical representation of your mind and imagination expanding by spending time in the library.

Photos by Owen Llewellyn


Wool and wire

In nature, death is essentially a recycling opportunity. Along with bacteria, fungi are the main decomposers, degrading dead and rotting organic matter to inorganic molecules, which are then taken up by other organisms. Without fungi we would effectively be lost under piles of dead plant remains.


Cement, leaves

Although we refer to urban areas as “concrete jungles”, they are but a thin veneer – without armies of gardeners and maintenance workers, nature would very quickly reclaim cities. As a textile artist, I have printed and dyed fabric with plant material, and was inspired by the leaf prints on pavements as leaching tannins from fallen leaves were pounded into the concrete by scurrying commuters and shoppers. Here I attempted to recreate these delicate ephemeral prints – a symbol of how nature has the power to leave her mark even in the most urban environment.