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My practice is based on personal engagement with landscape and the work that I produce celebrates and carries an essence of what I experience in the natural world.

Much of my work is based on experiences of coastal landscapes. The beach and its hinterland can be the richest source of experience and discovery. Through the cycle of tides and weather it collects daily treasures and detritus by turn, providing a visual and tactile adventure. My starting point is walking, recording my experience through words, sketches, photographs and collected items. I notice lines, patterns, shapes and textures. I try to capture small changes: the way material is moved about by the elements. Wherever I am I take a beach-comber’s approach, found objects providing a tangible link to the places I’ve walked.

I work with natural fibres and gathered materials, employing natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave in different combinations to create surfaces and structures. Found items, their identity often a mystery because of the action of the elements, form the focus of my response to a landscape. I take an experimental approach to these found items: by engaging with the materials that I find, manipulating them and experimenting, I learn about their properties, boundaries and possibilities. I use found items to make marks, allowing them to stain the fibres and stitches that I surround them with. This becomes a collaboration between object and artist.

My process-led practice has sustainability at its heart and is underpinned by my background in geography and nature conservation. I follow a line of inquiry, each result leading on to another question: what happens if I do this? In presenting my findings I aim to draw the viewer in, notice things they wouldn’t otherwise have seen or considered, change the way people view their world, even in a small way.

15 thoughts on “statement

  1. I am totally absorbed by your work and love how you bring an enviornment to life in stitch and mark making .I am currently doing a degree in textiles and would like to produce something as effective as this.Lovely!

      • Hi Alice
        So sorry for not replying sooner, just saw your lovely message. I am currently finishing first year at University of Ulster, I am a part-time, mature student, and really enjoying the course. I find your work so inspiring and especially like how you interact with the environment. Thanks for taking the time, I will keep on enjoying your work

        Bernie

  2. Just love your work and very much looking forward to meeting you next March! Thanks so much for taking the time to blog.

  3. HI alice my name is charlene i am a mature student currently just started my first year of hnd fashion and textiles we are working on traces , ill be honest iv crafted for years and never new the term traces within art and textiles how ever i’m so pleased i am because your work is beautiful and very inspiring i have tried a few examples with rusting and dying and came home with lots of samples that i had no idea of what to do with , so i read all about you and looked a lots of your creations and set away with mine i have just finished 2 pieces that i have thoroughly enjoyed. It has saddened me that i have finished them as i enjoyed this so much . so much so im going purchase your books and exercise more creations inspired by your self thank you alice for being a great inspiration

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  5. hi alice i am habiba and i found ur work very interesting and i am able to link ur work to mine as i am doing my GCSE’s now and on my exam the thing i am doing is rust so i really like the idea of how you have the metal pieces in the pieces of fabric thx u are amazing

  6. Hello Alice,
    What a wonderful and profound discovery you are to me. I have been drawn to the patterns in nature forever. Your work touches me. Thank you , I will continue to watch you progress.

  7. Hello Alice I stumbled across your works on Google images which then in turn lead me to your works. I am a mature student studying fine art on my foundation year, year zero. I have chosen process art as my proposed project and I am taking inspiration from you and your works. I find it very interesting and productive with what I am trying to ace I’ve in my understanding of processes and process art. I also love the way you incorporate your textiles skills within your rust works. I’m not familiar with textiles but I did manage to get some natural yarn from textiles depth and tried knitting it onto two very large bolts lol. Experiments are fab!.

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