An archive of garments, built entirely by hand, one of a kind, to live with, to live in.
Textiles begin with thread, primarily animal or plant-based. I work with master spinners in Japan who are devoted to making unusual yarn, some of which are the last remaining spinners still painstakingly hand producing materials for weaving. Once spun and dyed, this yarn arrives to my London studio, where it then takes life as a warp - the backbone of all weaving.
I single handedly work with this spun material over several weeks, taking it from thread to textile to garment. Threads are warped, measured, braided, and prepared for a tall, broad, wooden floor loom. Each line is extended, rolled, and stretched for the weft - the thread that races across the warp's parallel lines, over and under, perpetually. Weaving is a union of intersecting lines, permanently woven together through a solitary and ritual-like process. It is a physically intensive process, a rhythmic act of dancing-drawing-building. This woven web is then introduced to water baths, where the warp and weft threads negotiate their place.
It is then that the textile dictates what it wants/needs/demands/desires and how to settle into the world. Each coat is a remnant of this act.
Selected work. For further information or for the full archive, please write.