MA Textile Design
Completing an MA during the pandemic has led me to become interested in exploring alternative models of working practice, to interrogate and reframe the value traditionally placed on domestic, reproductive and feminine creative labour. Using textile processes such as hand embroidery, patchwork and appliqué, and working within carefully considered temporal structures, I have tried to find real solutions to creating an effective work/life balance.
The Flexitime Quilt was made over six months, one patch a week, from January – June 2021. I developed a bespoke method of production that centred my experience of motherhood, with the aim of maintaining a steady and manageable workload for my study and practice around the intense childcare responsibilities of lockdown. Several of the squares from the beginning of the year were made in collaboration with my six-year-old son, when schools were closed and we were at home together most of the time. The patches became a way of documenting life as it happened, they are a mixture of abstract and serendipitous responses to available materials, as well as more figurative depictions of specific events.