Every artist’s work in my opinion is directly or indirectly influenced by the place they were born and raised.
The landscape around them often finds its way into their work whether they like it or not. I look at my work in the same way – what part of my surroundings comes out in which pieces. The shapes and patterns of the land and its ever-changing nature arises again and again in my work, whether in the form of the sea’s colours and movement, outlines of seeds and plants, organic patterns or roads and paths and lines on a map. Simply looking around you can give you a lifetime of inspiration! I feel that my awareness of my surroundings has strengthened with moving and travelling and living abroad – meaningless things become meaningful, usual things become unusual. I would often look for these little details and I try to convey them through lines or symbols in my work.
The recent textile works focus on the feeling of a body of water or landscape and the representations of the little details that one can find in hedges or under the waves. Textile allows me to work in layers using different techniques to create texture and depth.
The mandala work satisfies my love of precision and perfection. It is a meditative process and I allow them to grow naturally.
Elin was a lively, positive and cool teacher – her enthusiasm and her energy inspired us to think for ourselves and to work on a larger scale than just a piece of A4 sketchbook paper. We had a lot of freedom with her to try new ideas and work through new mediums but at the same time she would keep a critical but fair eye on us. I often remember her words of encouragement (“Work on top of it!”) whenever I get to a dead-end with my work.