Photo: Beached

Over the past couple of years the issue of plastic pollution, particularly of our coasts & seas, has become of mainstream concern, featured daily in the press. There are thousands of TEDX talks available on YouTube & new books being produced to help us all cut down our plastic use. Even governments are proposing bills to force change in both production and use to combat this issue.

Beached, highlights the issue of plastic pollution. It invites us to consider the packaging that we use and discard on a daily basis; objects such as drinks bottles, styrofoam cups and food wrappers that are so lightweight and seem so insignificant that we barely notice them.

Casting concrete in actual litter gives this waste a greater physical and psychological presence that mirrors the seriousness of the ecological catastrophe we are creating with them.

Incorporation of detailed embroidery touches upon the way our waste becomes subsumed into the natural world around us. However, the pretty, colourful lichens, seaweed and molluscs fail to obliterate the hulking, grey, concrete bottles that peer out from beneath them. The damage we are causing to planet earth and ourselves may be hidden but it is there nevertheless and needs our immediate attention.

2019

Waste of the World, group exhibition, Rathbone Studio, Birkinhead.

Terra & Tide, online group exhibition, Envision Arts. Awarded “Best in Show’.

Beached, solo exhibition, Art in Windows, Liverpool.

Buy Better, installation, Buy the Kilo, Tynemouth.

Fragility, Prism Contemporary Textiles Collective exhibition, Hoxton Arches London & RBSA, Birmingham.

Micro, group exhibition of small works, Air gallery, Altrincham.

2018

MA show, Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art.

Thoughtful Planet 2, group exhibition of environmental art, Thought Foundation, Birtley.

Publications:

Anthropocene (2108) edited by Hodgson, E.

Talks:

Show, See, Say (2019), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

Guest Speaker (2019, Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers Guild, Chelford.