“I put pressure on myself to make something ‘meaningful’. As a designer or maker, you may never be completely happy with what you make and I questioned my design identity even more after I finished my Master’s. I’m working on getting over it and accepting that there doesn’t need to be a solution for that. Textiles are so interesting because there is just so much you can tell from what someone wears or why they choose to wear something or why they choose to decorate their house with that particular blanket or cushion or design. I think I was always interested in everyone’s relationship with textiles. A textile can be both a representation and an extension of someone and they are everywhere.
“I want to collaborate more with other creatives and work out how we can exist in this current climate where at times there is such a resistance and lack of support in this field outside of academia. I would like to keep myself interested and productive. This project gave me time, support and a space to help me understand how and why I make textiles in a contemporary context. I wished this project gave me closure but it hasn’t. I have more questions now than I did at the beginning and that’s okay.”