The wearable objects I make are rooted in the traditions of goldsmithing and textile techniques employed by women. Formally, my work references the products of these two disciplines, such as jewellery, regalia, quilts and pin cushions. My process involves a transformation of material, just as the act of wearing jewellery can transform an individual, playing on the notion of the jeweller as an alchemist. Many of my pieces are made from clothing, for instance, the necktie, an assumed indication of masculine authority. This gendered accessory is transformed into a new object with a different meaning through my handwork. The manner that we choose to dress is just one example of the many discreet codes and signals embedded in society that can lead to preconceived judgements regarding gender and status. My use of flag fabric references the concept of jewellery as a signifier that equips the wearer with the ability to direct and deflect the gaze of the viewer. Wedding rings, political pins and service medals are all markers that we place on ourselves and each other. We use jewellery to define our boundaries, claim our territory, pledge our allegiance or admit surrender.
"The early invention of the personal ornament is one of the most fascinating cultural experiments in history. The common element among such ornaments is that they transmit meaning to others. They convey an image of you that is not just your biological self"
Francesco d'Errico, French National Centre for Scientific Research