Textiles are usually considered a material, but for me, it is also a way of thinking, a way of seeing the world intertwined. I see it as no coincidence that our language is made up of textile references describing the world and its connections. “Text” and “Textiles” derives from the same Latin origin: the verb Texere which means ‘to weave’.
Seeing the world as a big weave isn’t new. In olden days the Greek Moirai and the Roman Parcae were personifications of destiny; they were the women that held the thread of life. In their Norse equivalence the three Norns; Urðr, Verðandi & Skuld held the fate of mankind, and some also believe that they were the rulers of past, present and future. Thereby suggesting that textile is what connects everything and everyone at any time.
In my practice my aim is to bring together, in other words, to weave. Forms, materials, ideas, times and people, whatever the variables may be, when brought together and combined that is what leads to new ideas. Because textiles for me have a revolutionary dimension, it was the spinning Jenny that helped spark the industrial revolution and the loom was the birth of the first computer. This means textiles are the grandmother of the digital revolution we are experiencing today. And it’s these revolutionary legacies I believe we might build on to create great change.