This is an installation which I am facilitating as part of the Trans/Forms exhibition of transgender artists at Hamilton House, to mark Transgender day of Remembrance which takes place every year on November 20th. Visitors are invited to write the name of a transgender person who lost their lives through transphobic violence and add it to the piece. Through this I hope to give people a way to honour those departed as well as to encourage people who may not know much about the issues affecting transgender people to engage with the issue of transphobic violence.
Here is what I wrote about it for the exhibition:
Transgender day of remembrance is held on November 20th every year. On this day across the world people hold vigils and memoral ceremonies for transgender people who have lost their lives through transphobic violence in the last year. As part of this a list of names is compiled, using news sources from around the world. This year the number of names is 271, with most being trans people of colour.
I invite you to partake in helping create a memorial to these 271 individuals, as well as those who are unnamed who’s deaths were never reported, those who’s trans identity was erased after their death and those who took their own lives.
I am currently auctioning this piece of mine on ebay with all the proceeds going towards Stop the Cull, a group helping resist the badger cull currently being trialed in the UK. This is an original wall mounted relief piece, 100% needle felted in wool and mixed fibers on a fabric backing. It measure 30x25cm and comes ready to hang.
As many of you will know, the UK government had approved a trial cull in the West Somerset and West Gloucester areas, despite the fact that there is little evidence that this will prevent the spread of bovine TB and some evidence that it will actually make it worse. I think it’s a tragedy that such beautiful animals are going to be made to suffer, not to mention that we don’t know what the knock on effects of reducing the numbers by so much would be for the rest of our eco system
I will also be selling cards and prints with proceeds going towards Stop the Cull, so keep an eye open.
This is a piece I will be showing at the Hamilton house pop up shop and gallery, which is running from this Wednesday to Sunday (June 5th to 9th). It was inspired by a Swedish folk tale about a boy who isn’t afraid of anything, and so when his family’s cow is stolen by trolls he doesn’t hesitate to venture into the forest to get it back. In the forest, he meets a few beings who try to scare him, but when he proves to be immune to them they decide to help him on his quest. The first being he meets is the Witch of the forest, with wild green hair. Here she is trying to be as scary as she can. The piece is 80cm x 40cm and is entirely needle felted.
At the pop up shop I will also be selling prints of this and other work, as well as greeting cards and figures.
I thought people might be interested in how my work comes together, so I took pictures of the witch as I was making her. Here she is all the way from a weird Gonzo-like creature to her full glory.
Greetings all! I have been very quiet on here for the last few months, first there was Christmas then recovery from an operation, but I’m back in the studio now and I’ve been working on a few new pieces. I need to have a day of photographing to have some more pictures to share with you all, but this is my latest creation, completed just a few days ago and inspired by the Swedish folk tale of Princess Cottongrass and Leap the Elk.
This piece measures 40x60cm and is entirely needle felted.
Edit: I had the wonderful David Robinson photograph some of my work yesterday, so I have updated the picture with a much better quality one that he took.
Sulis Minerva is the goddess of Bath Spring. The Celts worshipped Sulis at the spring, and when the Romans invaded they combined her with their own goddess of healing Minerva. They built a huge complex around the natural spring to honour the goddess and take advantage of the healing waters.
This piece is entirely needle felted and will be displayed in a huge vintage glass jar.
Moonling is an old English word meaning “simpleton”, similar to Lunatic, as the moon is said to cause madness. It is the place of dreams and visions, enlightenment and illusion. It is also the first stop on the way from Earth. Sometimes the pull is strong
This piece is 20x20x5cm, it is entirely needle felted and mounted in a wooden box.
(Also shown – the wonderful quality of the camera on my new fancy phone. I will however be replacing it with a better picture once I get my proper camera sorted)