Perhaps it was spending my childhood among the mills of West Yorkshire, perhaps it was the awe I felt for my grandmother’s tailoring skills, or perhaps it just’s the way I’m built but all my life I have found a disproportionate joy in the handle and drape of woven materials. As human being, textiles always have, and always will be central to our existence. A piece of textile stretched across a rudimentary structure was essentially the first piece of architecture : textile defines and describes space, it defines and describes our bodies, how we move through the earth and how we negotiate our comfort and our functioning throughout the various stages of our lives.
Having worked in an architecture practice for 15 years, I love to bring this material sensibility to design projects. Many architects are not at ease with the modulated and sensory qualities of textiles, often thinking of them as simply decorative and lacking the structural solidity of brick and metal. But I am passionate about the field of 'architextiles' and believe passionately that textiles have a much more important role to play in building design than curtains and cushions.
With FCBStudios model makers and architects I designed, made and curated a series of pieces and exhibitions exploring materiality; scale and haptic encounter. I have also worked and done research with textile designers Caroline Broadhead, Petra Blaisse and others and continually seek ways to introduce more sensory elements into exhibition and building design.