This commission was probably my favourite make of 2020. It brought me back to my love of creating structure freehand, drawing with yarn and sculpting shape and form by using a mixture of macramé and weaving. In this piece both of these techniques work in harmony together, decoratively but also functionally, to hold the textile together.
During a brief phone call with Tanya (a super talented jeweller – check out tanyaireland.com) she laid out an idea she wanted her piece to capture. The following are some of lines I scribbled down during the conversation: “... Follow your dreams…your spark…take the path you want…whatever it may be, do what you want in life, do what you love. “ Everything she spoke of really resonated with me. It was, in many ways, a dream commission. I put across the idea of creating pathways through the piece, as representations of travelling through life, as my starting point. We discussed a neutral colour palette, maybe a splash of colour or gold, but otherwise left it to be decided what worked best as the piece took shape.
I loved making this piece and was so happy with the final outcome. The process of creating it was true to me as an artist and the meaning behind it really resonated with me -in a way it brought me back my spark of creativity.
I can’t wait to further this style of work this year and dive into some personal projects exploring process and creating pieces that I love.