I use the resist technique batik, involving painting hot wax onto fabric or paper, then covering the surface with dye, a process which is repeated several times, saving a little of each colour until the final image is achieved.
I am particularly inspired by beautiful old, once loved buildings – a patch of rusty ironwork, some eroded stonework or rotten, discoloured painted wood and use a combination of hot wax, dyes and bleach to recreate these fascinating shapes and surfaces.
My earliest work was figurative, on cotton, exploring the way the image slowly emerges through the application of alternate layers of wax and dye. More recently I have been experimenting with all kinds of paper, using bleach to discharge the colours as well as applying dyes. The resulting work is more abstract.