Drawing is where I begin. Having originally come from a Fine Art background, it is my safety net and solace. Before I ever learned how to stitch, a pen and ink were my first love. Within my practice I like to first imagine up stories and poetry in my head, which I write down on paper immediately so I don’t forget my thoughts! This inspires me to “draw out” my ideas, again onto paper. Some of these stay in this pen / pencil sketched form, whilst others are chosen to be developed and continued into a Textile medium, becoming “embroidered illustrations” or even garments.
There is something reassuring about putting a pen to paper, it can be therapeutic, as in order to produce a quality outcome, I need to be fully immersed in my idea. Drawing is my visual diary, in general I don’t keep a written journal, but through sketchbooks I keep visual documentation and mementos of the past with ideas that I can use in the future. As for drawing mediums, I favour using a traditional ink pen or a non-waterproof marker, so that I can paint and blend my lines. Sometimes I use watercolours and Koh-I-Noor dyes to add definition.
If I feel that my piece needs something more, then I will stitch into it with hand or machine embroidery, even adding personal objects when I feel appropriate. I work in many other mediums, such as Screen Printing onto Textiles and creating wearable Art Garments from Vintage Lingerie and Lace; yet all I achieve is thanks to my sketched designs. If I had to choose between Textiles and Drawing, when it comes down to it, my weakness will always be in favour of my pen’.