I create unique sculptures for exhibition and to commission. These mysterious, exuberant, abstract forms are constructed in silk velvet, which I have hand-dyed from a rich colour palette, silk dupion and other sumptuous fabrics.
A longstanding interest in costume detail from Medieval and Elizabethan times has led to my fascination with the late fifteenth century 'gothic' style suit of armour (its detail, precision and especially its presence). Mathematical precision and unusual structures in the natural world also inspire me. Thus, details such as the elongated point of a poulaine, the sinister inner space of a nepenthes pod or precisely pleated ruffs provide indirect starting points for each of my sculptures.
Subconsciously, just the fleeting glimpse of the proud stance of a snowy egret beside a muddy creek or the discovery of a delicately decaying seed head with its promise of regeneration will inspire new work.
I adore working with silk velvet and metallic organza, so, at present, these cloths predominate in my work. I begin work on each sculpture by first hand dyeing a length of silk velvet to a rich colour. I then enclose flexible cables into the velvet with a simple hand running stitch. I incorporate other luxurious fabrics such as silk dupion and metallic silk organza to add new textures as the sinuous sculpture evolves.
My sculptures are made to be discovered - inside, round a corner, emerging from a secluded alcove; or outside, slinking through the branches of a tree, or concealed in a mysterious ancient crumbling ruin. ..... each installation calling for quiet contemplation.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1993 - MA Fine Art (Tapestry), Royal College of Art, London
1999 - Sculptural Textiles, Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent
1995 - Odyssey, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
1994 - Presence, Emptiness and Perpetuity, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
2012 - Everyday Encounters, William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London
2011 - Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK, Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, London
2011 - Fresh Air 2011 Sculpture Show, Quenington, Gloucestershire
2009 - Fresh Air 2009 Sculpture Show, Quenington, Gloucestershire
2006 - Stroudwater Textile Festival, Museum and Art Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire
2004 - In the Air, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden
2001 - Tactile Textiles, Henshaws Art Centre, Knaresborough
2000 - In Our Hands, Nagoya, Japan
1998 - Jenny Ford and Damian Chapman, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire
1997 - Exposed Territories, Maidstone Library Gallery, Maidstone, Kent
1996 - Revelation, Textile Artists Addressing Issues, UK touring and Japan
Competitions, prizes and awards
1996 - Yorkshire Arts Visual Artists Award, Leeds, Yorkshire
1993 - Daler Rowney Award for Drawing, Royal College of Art, London