I like to explore the ways stitch can be used for mark making and for several years I have been working on creating new art pieces stitching onto piano rolls. This has fascinated me, as by following my own restriction of not making any new holes in the paper, the lines created have come to possess their own style and character. The sources of inspiration have been varied, including a visit to Islay, Birmingham City Centre, journeys through China & Mongolia & local market halls.
My current drawing work relates to my journeys by bus around Birmingham, the second largest city in the U.K. For years travelling by bus has just been a regular part of my life which has fed my interest of observing how people hold themselves and mould their personas —stance, dress, accessories etc. I capture each moment with a quick pencil sketch and then work on them digitally later. In November 2019 this work featured in OUTSIDELEFT please take a look.
This study has grown to include the bus architecture, colours and materials which divide the pages and provide a scaffold for the people to belong in. These prints are now selling from the Shop page on this site after interest was shown on Facebook & Instagram.