Creating historically inspired garments using traditional techniques has given me insight into how we used to engage with the world around us. Creating contemporary garments of my own design marries this historical knowledge with current issues. Today, few of us make our own clothes, or indeed our own bread, tools, or furniture. Instead, we’ve embraced the readymade, mass production, and global consumerism. Through my art, I aim to combat this mass-culture, instead encouraging individuals to actively engage with their environment, focussing specifically on their clothing.
Pollution, unethical labour and the wasteful nature of fast-fashion are key issues I aim to highlight through my art. Individually handmaking our possessions presents a sustainable lifestyle, and in contrast to our usual screen-based passivity, an active, creative, rebellious way of living.