I find inspiration in every day things, such as magazines, books (especially children’s books), photographs and found objects, including plastic bottles, old jumpers, fabrics and nature. I see myself as part of the tradition of handmade crafts using traditional techniques and materials: millinery, printing, spinning, dressmaking, weaving and tailoring. All these disciplines involve using the hands to create beautiful objects. I draw ideas and stimulate creative thought by regularly visiting markets, car boot sales, flea markets and emporiums, haberdashery shops and vintage retro stores.
Artists who inspire and influence me include the children’s illustrators: Lauren Child, David Roberts, Yoshitomo Nara and Sara Fanelli. I also draw inspiration from the work of Tracey Emin, particularly her use of craft materials and her representations of the naïve and primitive. For similar reasons I can also cite the work of the French artist, Louise Bourgeois.
Finally, Julie Arkell’s use of papier mache, sewing, knitting and found objects has been part of the motivation for the work I do.
Here are some links to the places and people I like:
Maria de Valvanera
Liberty Department Store
Columbia Road Flower Market
Racer Rosa Bicycles
Labour and Wait
Bringing The Outside In