I use textile art, specifically stitched artwork, to depict and capture the rural landscapes around me. In dealing with physical and mental health issues over the last year, I have found it important to get outside for some fresh air and time for reflection. I feel lucky to be able to do this. The countryside here is mostly under the day-to-day care of the farming community and a few ecological organisations. Local policy aims to protect it, but without focus and clarity might we miss the chance to allow development in a sustainable way, preserving the world around us for future generations? How will the Scottish rural landscape change? Will we lose opportunities to access the natural environment? How will this impact people?
Textile art as a medium is full of tactile sensation, layering and depth. I have used the natural beauty of East Lothian’s fields and coastline and the variety of colour experienced throughout the year to guide my stitching. The often, painstakingly slow process of hand-stitching allows me to slow down and think about where we might be heading, from a societal and environmental perspective. Our current trajectory concerns me.