An ever evolving life and process
My art is an exploration of the materials I collect as well as the subject of the piece. From tea bag paper to the broken wings of a butterfly caught in a cobweb (the butterfly has long become a part of the cycle of life again, I would never deliberately hurt anything for my art). All these things I squirrel away, maybe at some point they will find their way into a piece.
To start with I do pencil studies, these are important for me, I take my time, I get to know my subject in all itís intricate detail. Quite often Iíll use these studies straight off, sometimes I redraw.
Then comes colour, splashes of defining colour. Leading onto hand embroidery, wire-work, embossing, layering textures, patterns, shapes, upcycled or natural, all things that speak to me of the subject.
I often let a piece sit for a while, it helps me hear itís voice in the space in between. I can often have many pieces on the go at the same time, all in different stages of development.