In a visually-dominated world, it is easy to forget that how a textile feels is as important as how it looks. This project draws attention to the intrinsic tactile qualities of textiles. We run our fingers over clothes in the shops, feel good as we drape our best outfits on our bodies, and sigh with happiness as we slide into a bed with fresh sheets. I want people to reach out and touch this work, and consider the simple pleasure of the basic act of feeling fabric.
My practice is handcraft-led. I love to dye and manipulate fabrics and mix techniques. Shibori resist-dying and origami are often thought of as two separate traditions, but there are large areas of overlap. For this collection I have translated origami paper-folding into textiles and made shibori textiles with 3D forms.
There is a therapeutic quality to the act of folding paper, of examining an origami piece, which engages people the world-over, and I hope to recreate this in fabric. Working on these pieces gives me a sense of calm, it relaxes me and makes me happy. I transmit those feelings through the subtle sense of touch, which forms an invisible relationship between my practice and my audience.