Thanks for stopping by! I am a multi-disciplinary designer freshly graduated with a masters in Applied Craft and Design (OCAC / PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. A strange and joyous two years, which led me from a graphic design background into garment making. Its 2018, and I am re-joining the real world, reaching out to apparel and surface design industries. I am British, exploring an unexpected career path that has led me to the Pacific North West, come next year - who knows where I'll be, watch this space!
My work is rooted in queer physicality, the drive of ‘self improvement’ within exercise culture and the value of failure over function. I observe many narratives of physical success that permeate everyday life. My questions center around why there is such heavy neurotic anguish concerning the body. And whether we can become a more humane and kinder society if we make allowance for our fallibility, and learn to enjoy its absurdities.
Active Anxiety comes from the pressure and stress to reach zen like states of being, awareness does not sit easily with contentment, a tense contradiction in terms. This is an examination of where athletics meets the spiritual, via the commodified product in an ultimately commercial context. Tangled limbs are caught in the holes of self, attempting to wrestle with these states. Knotted bodies fail to find a centered calm, but achieve something else instead.
Unknown Flow is a sweater of blue muscles. A garment that fails to decide its gender, butch strength or languid fluidity? This sweater does not aspire to be genderless, but rather gender-more.
Ebb & Floop refers to Spinozist philosophy, acknowledging that the body has a will of its own, beyond our cognitive control. Writer Barbara Ehrenreich, discusses much of our unforgiving habits that place a harsh insistence of personal responsibility versus the structural conditions many face. These garments are strange anomalies, organs out of order evolving as they will, and fluid creatures that remind us, we are not that long out of the single celled ocean.