Personal Photographic Work
I enjoy travelling and visit the Midlle East and Africa when I can. I have also travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and North America. I keep photographic records of my journeys as inspiration for my textile work. I am particularly inspired by landscapes and architecture. These features are used regularly in my work.
The tour of Madagascar showed a really diverse series of landscapes from the rain forests of the north to the arid deserts of the south. The range of wildlife was immense, particularly the indiginous lemurs for which Madagascar is famous. Pattern and colour is also important and is reflected frequently in my work so the different animals seen on my travels often give lots of inspiration too.
I have always had a love of the desert and have been to the Sahara several times as well as the Gobi and Mohave deserts. Morocco however turned out to be a country of contrasts. The memorable aspect of Morocco however were the colours. These were so inspirational.
I returned from my voluntary work in Nigeria in 1999 and had a desire to see more of West Africa so on the 10th anniversary of my return I took a trip to the Gold Coast, modern day Ghana. Ghana is famous for its strip weaving called Kente cloth and printed cloth known as Adinkra. Along with the amzing changing scenery I also visited craftsmen to find out how this fabric was made.