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 Cygnus Imaging
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.
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.