Textile crafts are integral to my art practice: I use the equipment of textile production both as tools and as a conceptual spaces. I examine the connection between textiles and cultural identity by combining these with contemporary, discarded items to focus attention on consumerism and sustainable lifestyles. I aim to draw attention to renewable fibres – especially wool; and create a link with former ways of living by using methods inspired by experimental archaeology.
I immerse myself as much as possible in the ways of the past. I work only with traditional methods and materials, and do most of my work in a studio which dates from the early 17th century. When not there, my alter ego is Rowan, the Weaver in an Iron Age village. Here, as well as teaching textile craft, I also give instruction in ancient skills such as hunting & gathering, archery & weaponry. http://www.celticharmony.org
Currently the emphasis of my practice is: Weaving as a metaphor.