Lace at the Littoral

An intimate portrait of a vulnerable landscape is slowly unrolling from my bobbins, a body of work that charts the experience of change and uncertainty at the Littoral, the shifting border where land and water are in daily conversation.

My contemplative lace pieces and the process of making them have become a meditation, a mindful, autotelic source of ‘flow’, where the activity is as rewarding as the work being created. The inspiration comes from a daily walk round a local wetland, Stanpit Marsh in Dorset, in all its seasonal moods, lush and lovely or wild and abandoned.

Ephemeral patterns that have drifted over a tranquil pool, images retrieved from disasters wrought by storm or depredation, entrancing flights of birds or statuesque plant life, long ago pushed me from my comfort zone, as I strive to capture the Spirit of Place that animates it. In bobbin lace, you manipulate each thread separately; each thread is like a letter, a group worked together is like a word, weaving a fragile vocabulary.

This has become a new visual language with which to talk about climate change and our relationship with landscape, often the only remnant of a lost feature being the studies I made from it. The closer I examine its ecology, more I discover of the wonders on my doorstep. Lace has taken me around the world, but home is where the best ideas are nurtured.


Find out more about Stanpit Marsh at friendsofstanpitmarsh.org.uk