To stitch is to forge connections. Regardless of the method used, there are always loops inside of loops, fibers joining other fibers. Stitching is an ideal analogy for the connectedness of the world around us, and why it has become my most consistent form of artistic expression. My practice has deepened through my most recent work in mending and repairing textiles and clothing for others in and around my community.
My work is best defined as a social practice, allowing me to work in the liminal space between visual art and functional craft. I approach each repair in an intuitive manner, often choosing to make the stitching highly visible. The unique wear of a garment or item is then celebrated rather than hidden. A humble piece of cloth can be restored and transformed into something more aesthetically interesting, while extending its usefulness and keeping it from becoming yet another discarded textile in an already oversaturated stream of waste. It also begins to tell a story.
With clothing and textiles as my media, I am able to interact with my audience in a tactile and intimate way. Using salvaged fabrics in each repair is an essential part of my work, providing me with a chance to both challenge the consumerist society we currently inhabit, and to allow for experimentation and new methods of repair. To do this I employ a wide variety of skills: knitting, hand sewing, machine sewing, darning, crochet, weaving, and improvisational quilting. In using this multilateral approach, I build on domestic traditions with contemporary experimentation to combine aesthetic form and utilitarian function in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner.