2017: Reclaimed by the Wild

Once sources of food brought over by the Romans, now not considered edible to the contemporary palette, the plant matter used in this project has been reclaimed by the hedgerows, wild spaces and urban edges of the modern landscape. Common so-called weeds, including Alexanders and Ground Elder, are captured onto luxurious velvet fabric.

The process involved directly screenprinting the plants with an etching chemical to create velvet devoré (burn-out). The fabric is embellished with running stitches inspired by Japanese patchworking (known as ‘boro’) with repurposed textile swatches.

The project is in exhibition at Nunnsyard Gallery, Norwich from 15th to 22nd April 2017.