Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky

In his poem Sea Fever, John Masefield describes the experience of being at sea, the song of the wind and the spray from the waves. The lure of the sea is captured by his words and they have inspired me to explore the coastline as part of my practice.

The Yorkshire Coast has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Every year as a child I visited Scarborough, Whitby and Filey with my grandparents. We spent our holidays on the beach collecting shells and building sandcastles. I have always associated the seaside with happy memories so when I’m feeling depressed and anxious I like to spend a day by the sea.

Time & Tide is direct response to the photographs and objects from my trips to the Yorkshire Coast. Rusted metal forms and piles of ropes on the harbour side are transformed into textile drawings and objects which capture the spirit of the coastline.

In the studio I have been experimenting with different fabrics, dying them with rusted metal I have found while beach combing. The results have been really interesting and I will keep trying new fabrics to see how they respond to the dying process.

Using my Pfaff Creative 3.0 embroidery machine and the 6D software I have been experimenting with stitched imagery from my recent trip to Spurn Point. The wooden breakwaters punctuating the rugged landscape battered by the North Sea.

I will be continuing my research and experimenting with different embroidery designs and fabrics. The next stage is to look at ways of presenting the new pieces and getting some exhibitions in the diary for 2017.