What is it that you enjoy most about working with print, textiles and embroidery?
Drawing has always been the base of my practice. I see most of my material exploration as an extension of my drawing; the tapestries are pencil drawings translated via digital jacquard loom, and the satin-stitch embroidery follows a similar pattern to line drawing. The digital element of this correlates with some of my prints – like working with digital collages. Drawing feels most intuitive but textile is more exciting.
What themes do you often grapple with in your work, and why?
A lot of my work is concerned with the politics of space, centered on the experience of womxn of colour: who can occupy it, and the spatial structuring we navigate. I find imagining a parallel existence very powerful. It offers the opportunity to transcend our reality while creating a space to investigate who and where we are. It is optimistic; it looks forward to imagine a new reality. I think often about the Octavia Butler quote “There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns”.
Is there anything that is particularly inspiring you at this time?
Improvised masks, this piece by Olga Tokarczuk, the beach after sunset, Yoga with Adriene, writing to and from friends, repotting plants, a reading list (Maggie Nelson, Zora Neale Hurston, Rachel Cusk, Octavia Butler, Olivia Laing, Elena Ferrante), collecting broken shells, The Pattern, Drag Race season 12, Studio Ghibli on Netflix, avoiding the news where possible, Jessica Pratt, my Juul (argh!) but above all, my work has felt like a complete sanctuary.