Common Ground

A publication that documents and records ‘Pension Almonde’, a communal living experiment in Rotterdam, which ran from December 2019—April 2021. A collection of unbound printed matter explores themes of commoning, agency, and community; together building up a sense of the place and how we lived. The project commemorates and celebrates a place that was constantly in flux – a temporary home to ‘city nomads’ and local initiatives, that now stands empty.

TxT

‘TxT’ reunites designers who have been separated by the pandemic through international collaboration. 26 designers each create a letterform within a 15x15cm square grid, which is then woven physically (by me on a handloom) to create an alphabet. Exploring making the digital physical, and investigating the links between type design and weaving through this time-consuming meditative craft process, while realising alternative channels of collaboration that have been forged by artists during the pandemic.


Letterforms by Jack Niblett, Latifa Powell, Ben Hopley, Barnaby Mills,  Mai-li Knowles-Lee, Jake Doran-Robinson, and Yas Henry.




The Politics of Making


Case bound publication of my dissertation about the subversive relationship between textile craft and the digital. The book plays on traditional forms, with digital twists, and highlights textile elements such as the exposed coptic bind and book ribbon. The text uses the case studies of ‘</unravel;>’ by Irene Albino and Ellen Johnsson, and ‘Digitial Craft’ by Daan Veerman.




To Do Nothing


A textile piece for the upcoming exhibition ‘Wallpaper Man’ with the William Morris Society and Storybox Collective. The quilt depicts a quote from Morris from over 150 years ago, demonstrating how he predicted the unsustainable nature of capitalism and the climate emergency we find ourselves in today. ‘Blanketing’ is a traditional ceremony held by certain indigenous communities, whereby a quilt is placed over an individual as a sign of respect and forgiveness. The term ‘to blanket’ also means to cover up, to stifle, and to affect everyone (as in ‘blanket term’). This bears relevance to our complacency in this climate crisis – we have known about this for so long and yet have not changed and are reluctant to do so. The pattern on the quilt forms ‘X’ shapes and hourglasses in William Morris fabric, referencing protest, Extinction Rebellion, and how so much time has passed and the clock is ticking. In this way, the quilt links the past, present, and future, as the quilt hangs open in the exhibition space; waiting for change to come and someone to forgive.


Returning [Citizen]


An ongoing exploration into the role of the arts in the rehabilitation of people who have experienced the prison system. The project’s current form is a reader (collating articles, interviews, poetry, radio transcripts, and more) that through informing the public aim to challenge the persisting negative connotations attached to people with convictions that do not make the rehabilitative process any easier. Public installation and website to come.


Contributions from Edmund Clark, Erika Flowers, Lady Unchained.