2015 - 2016
This is Your Inheritance
‘This is Your Inheritance’ is a project I was inspired to start after I inherited my Great Grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. As the project developed, I had contact with more than 130 women to find out what textiles meant to them. In an overwhelming majority of cases, stories of women and textiles meant hard work, determination and love.
I wanted to create a project that would celebrate and commemorate the everyday triumphs of the women of the project. So I made ten, seven meter long banners, printed with hand-made textile objects.
This project was exhibited for three months at Holy Trinity Church Leeds. The project book is available to buy here.
2013 - 2014
How do Sleep at Night?
How do you Sleep at Night? Is an interactive project that ran for a year collecting responses from over ninety participants.
The project explores the spatial politics of our sleeping space and the way our bed relates to our emotional and mental well being.
Participants were asked to submit a phrase they say to themselves when trying to get to sleep and these phrases were embroidered in white thread onto white bedding.
2011 - 2013
Love, Letty x - 2011 - 2013
This project was initially inspired by an attempt to explore theories influenced by Situationism to my own art. Love, Letty x was an interactive art project which explored the abstract nature of the internet and its juxtaposition with the reality and physicality of our ‘real’ offline lives, initiating a conversation with an audience who engage with me as an artist and writer.
I requested that participants ask questions or make comments to which I replied with a written answer and a corresponding piece of art. The physical objects and typewritten reply were posted to the correspondent and digital images of both were posted online.
Love, Letty x ran for over a year, in that time it was made into a book and performed live at an International Digital Media Conference.
After a major personal trauma it appeared to me that physical survival is often valued over emotional wellbeing, and I was inspired to create survival equipment for emotional emergencies.
In Life Raft I wanted to create a safe space for someone to recover from emotional trauma. The soft sculpture is constructed from calico, duvets and pillows, and is scented with lavender, to comfort and soothe.
2010 - 2011
Me With Out You
Me Without You explored the themes of obsession and objectification. A series of 200 love letters were written to an imaginary person.
The letters were then folded into origami birds and sent with accompanying illustrations to strangers chosen randomly from the phone book or left to in public places to be collected.